Cave Creek Saddle Club

December 2012 Newsletter

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Howdy Pardners!

I hope this letter finds all of you ready to ride through this holiday season with good spirits!

I am looking forward to our Christmas/Holiday Ride which is coming up on Decmebr 15th, 10:00am; at the world famous Bumble Bee Ranch. I hope you all had a chance to RSVP for the ride and the wonderful lunch on our website. Right now we have over 30 riders signed up and I look forward to seeing you all there, enjoying the gift exchange, helping the Horse Angels, and enjoying the entertainment provided by Greg LaCosse!

Since my last letter, we had two excellent rides. On 11/25, Trail Boss Sue Van Meeten took 22 riders to the South Rio Verde River crossing, and we all made it :-) I knew we would! The ride was beautiful and the horses had a great time. The Tonto National Forest did not let us down and provided a simply beautiful day! Thanks again Sue!

The next ride was led by Trail Boss Forrest Marsalis on 12/2,who led 20 riders into the Maricopa Trail bordering the Cave Creek Regional Park. Another fantastic ride and beautiful day, with not a cloud in the sky! Afterwards, the riders all enjoyed a wonderful lunch and cold beverage compliments of the club. Thanks again to Forrest and Gretta for hosting the lunch at their lovely ranch.....

Looking ahead, Our next Club meeting in January will be held on Tuesday, January 15th, which will take place at the Horny Toad Restaurant in Cave Creek. Social Hour will begin at 6:30 and the meeting will take place from 7-8PM. Club members and guests are welcome to purchase and enjoy a beverage and/or delicious meal before, during, or after the meeting.

Plan to see another great guest speaker, another fun raffle, and meeting of some old and new friends..

I have found that it is essential to know that to be a happy person, happy rider, have a happy family, and live in a happy society, it is very crucial to have a good heart!

Peace is the manifestation of human compassion!

So Happy Holidays, a Very Merry Christmas and Many Happy Trails to you all!


Holiday Ride & Lunch

Bumble Bee Ranch

Date: Dec 15th, 2012

Ride Out: 10:00 AM

Lunch: 1:30 (approximate)

Description and Directions -

RSVP and payment due by Dec 10th

Horse Angel Donations

Let's support our local horse rescue organization by making a contribution to AERO. Horse Angel donation envelopes will be set out at each dining table.

Gift Exchange - Join The Fun

Here is a little info on the gift exchange for the CCSC Christmas Ride.

Gift: please, spend no more than $20. Wrap the gift.

There will be enough numbers as is gifts brought. Each person who has brought a gift, gets to draw for numbers. Who ever draws the # 1 starts off by picking any gift; open it. Now, who ever drew #2 gets a choice of # one's gift or picking another gift. If the person who has #2 takes #1's gift, #1 gets to pick another gift. Who ever has #3 gets to pick from either #1 or #2 or pick a new gift. Each gift can be taken 3 times, and after that, it's dead, so to speak, and stays with the last person who has it. The games proceeds until all gifts are open.

Up Coming Ride

Tonto National Forest

Saturday, Jan. 12th, 10am

144th St North of Dynamite

Length: 2 to 21/2 hours

Level 1: easy ride

Leader: Gigi Streitwieser

Description: Beautiful desert ride in the Tonto national Forest, lush green desert with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The footing is very good, mostly sandy, and the ride is basically level with just a few wash crossings. The washes are very shallow and easy to cross. There is a cross over gate at the beginning of the ride leading out of the parking lot, which we will cross over again on our return. There is also the possibility of encountering ATV's and bird hunters.

Directions: From Cave Creek Rd go East on Dynamite to 144th Street. Turn left on 144th Street and continue north about 21/2 miles. There is a dirt parking area on your right that is large enough for approx 7 trailers. Strongly Recommend trailering with a friend due to tight parking. The parking area is tight but is very noticeable from the roadway. Pack a lunch so we can have a group gathering after the ride.

RSVP on the CCSC website

Club Meetings

January 15th, 2013 meeting will be held at the Horny Toad in Cave Creek, 6738 E Cave Creek Rd. Social hour begins at 6:30 pm. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

Club meetings are held September through May, on the third Tuesday of the month. Location will vary.