8/29/2006 Equestrian Network Magazine Page 5 of 8 “Then Donna, the 61-year-old, struck a Travolta-like pose and said ‘Stayin’ Alive,’ and we all laughed and applauded.” The Yakima Valley, WA, chapter sponsors an enormously popular annual winery ride. The long list of chapter-sponsored activities could exhaust a Pony Clubber.
Just within four months, the group participated in or has planned: * Free trailer check-up, bake sale, and raffle for an equine massage * Champaign County Farm Bureau seminar on Adventures of Trail Riding with the president of the Illinois Trail Riders * Chapter presentation to Parkland College students followed by seminar “Animal ID and Your Horses.” * Trail ride near Decatur. * Two-day, third annual tack sale to benefit OPRC and the Farm Bureau. * Invitational Fun Show on horseback, open to members, their families, and invited guests.
Games followed by cook-out * Road trip to see the Lippizan Stallions of Temple Farms * Trail ride. * Two-day Competitive Mounted Orienteering event.
There’s something for everyone everywhere, according to dozens of members interviewed.
Lisa Parker, President of the Yakima Valley Chapter, heads another active group. “Our favorite events are our yearly winery ride (even Hope has been on that one!), the Christmas Carol Trailride, our 2/3 phase event (trail class, dressage or reining pattern, trot poles out and then truly jump for those http://www.equestmagazine.com/v1s4/article08-4.htm 8/29/2006 Equestrian Network Magazine Page 6 of 8 who want to.
You can do as much stuff as you like.
It’s all for fun). “We have riding meetings where we do trail patterns, learn to barrel race, do drill-team and play games.
We have bomb-proofing clinics, natural horsemanship clinics and farrier demonstrations.
Every meeting is divided between business and education.
I give English lessons twice a month (we are on our fifth year on that too!).
The Western group does lessons as they need them.” said Lisa. ” We ride English, Western and drive in our club.
We have A circuit Western riders, eventers (me and a few others), hunters, serious trail, back-country horseman, “hardly” riders, and non-riders.
Most of our members are in their 40’s and 50’s, but we have two in their 30’s and one in her 20’s.
We have 50 members and about five of them are men. ” We truly have a wonderful network of support.” Lisa’s parting comment reflects the entire OPRC organization.
To learn more about OPRC, visit the website at www.oldpeoplesridingclub.org and www.oprc-rockville.net. Lisa Parker of Yakima Valley and Badger.
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