NHANN Newsletter, July, 2006
A Word From The President
Natural Giving the world’s best cue at the wrong time
does no good. Remember you have to have a
Horsemanship plan for your work/play with your horse. You
must prepare ahead of time, and you must know
Association what behavior you are going to reward and how
you are going to release/reward. Timing is
of Northern Nevada everything so that you actually reward the
correct behavior at the correct time. You are
BOARD always training. It’s a question of whether you
President: Mark Rhodes – 972-9025 are training what you want, or what you don’t
email@example.com want. That’s timing. Have fun with your horse.
Vice President: Dennie Hartman – 853-9309 Sincerely,
**Call for Activities** Mark Rhodes, NHANN President
Rebekka Rhodes 972-9025 Fax 972-4110 Board Meeting Minutes
firstname.lastname@example.org June 27, 2006
Special Board Meeting held at Debora Lay’s home, Reno, NV
Raquel Minky 351-5197
Called to order at 7:37 pm Present: ALL
**Call for YOUTH Activities**
Treasurer: Barb Scott 849-1963 Prior minutes were approved.
Directors at Large: Treasurer was presented with cash and checks
Susan Lilley 233-1064 received, as well as expense reports payable.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss a club
Debora Lay 972-4334
closure amendment to the by-laws, or to produce some
Newsletter Production, Editor and Publisher: recommendation for a hibernation period or dissolution clause.
Rebekka Rhodes Mark reviewed what happened last year, and the
For address corrections, changes or to place an ad, proposals that had been posed at that time. Barb was present
please call 972-9025, fax to 972-4110, or e-mail them to then, so she was able to clarify any questions about the
email@example.com, situation as it occurred.
Mark stated that we would like to not have the club
NHANN Web site producer: Jann Hehn -- visit “fold” in the future, and we would like to have a plan in place
for what should happen in the event that at the end of the year
www.naturalhorsenevada.com ! no one wants to run for office and keep the club going. He
**Call Jann Hehn for any trouble with the web site, suggested the possibility of setting up an “Advisory Board”
newsletter or calendar on the web site, and the NOW who could “house” the club items during a hibernation period,
AVAILABLE Yahoo NHANN chat group!** or resolution period.
Debora Lay had detailed suggestions to planning and
In This Newsletter You Will Find: end-stage resolution requirements. There was a great deal of
A Word from the President discussion regarding the plan. Each board member was
July Board and General Meeting Minutes questioned for his or her opinion and additional or other
suggestions regarding the plan. A further review into club
Calendar of Events (see web site for all events) history explained the evolution of this club from simply a
Classified Advertisements, Humor group of friends into the larger group/club it has become.
The following is an outline derived from the plan as
NEXT MEETING: discussed:
At the point in time where no one is able to be elected to fulfill
***Thursday, August 3, 2006*** the board positions and thus allow the fully functioning
Board Meeting 5:15 p.m. continuation of this organization, the following will occur.
General Meeting, 6:00 p.m. General meetings will cease. The newsletter, as it is, will
cease. The current board will be required to meet once a
Damonte Ranch Parkway, Round Table Pizza,
month for three consecutive months. These meetings will be
South Reno open to any current member. These meetings are strictly to
Presentation: “Feldenkrais for Riders” with Tina work on a resolution, to allow time prior to final closure, and
Hutton! This is a must see presentation! will be solely focused on an outcome or resolution to the
Call Mark or Rebekka Rhodes for more info at 972-9025. leadership and future of the organization. If no members at
large attend these meetings, the immediate past board is still
required to attend. All who attend these meetings will have an
NHANN Newsletter, July, 2006
equal voice. A quorum is constituted by those present. All closing periods, hibernation of club and so forth. Volunteer
three meetings must occur, regardless of the decision to for an “elect” position, and begin training and mentoring for a
maintain or close the club at the first two meetings. An board position now. Any current member is welcome to
informational newsletter would be sent out only to notify become an “elect” board member. All members are welcome
immediate past members of the results of these meetings, and to attend the board meetings.
to notify them of the remaining meetings scheduled. If a We are collecting a list of volunteers for evacuation
positive outcome is not made, e.g., it is decided to close down and emergency protocols for fire or other emergent situations.
the club, the assets will be held in “hibernation” for 9 Please sign up for trailer availability, and horse housing
additional months for a total of 12 months from the non- availability. Dennie will be collecting and maintaining list.
election. During that 9 month period, there will be again two Available tonight are 2 tickets for the Las Vegas
more meetings. These meetings will be held at three month Parelli show, free. Event is July 22, 23, 2006.
intervals to see if any member has changed position on Three sets of two Parelli August show tickets will be
whether to run for office and maintain the operation of the given away after sharing.
club. If no members step forth, termination legalities of the There was a library donation from Martharuth
organization will occur. During this time, new club members Lefever. She donated Parelli savvy club DVD’s.
will be accepted, but only the immediate past year’s members There are Silver State Horseman’s Directory
would be accepted for leadership positions on the board. handouts; $5 Petsmart gift certificate handouts; and an
During this period of time, the renewing members or new informational handout describing lameness ratings and giving
members will have all dues held for refund in the event the evaluation criteria for whether or not a vet is needed to treat
club dissolves. wounds. Newsletters are available to those who needed them.
There was additional discussion regarding additional August 5, 2006 is Wild Horse Spirit’s garage sale,
positions to the Board of Directors. The board could include their annual fund raising event. They still need donations for
the Immediate Past President, as well as a President Elect. this huge event. They will pick them up. Call Bobbie or Betty
Further discussion encouraged the mentoring of new board at 883-5488.
members, and/or the grooming of the Directors at Large for the
more demanding positions (President, Vice President, Share A Success:
Treasurer, Secretary). Mark Rhodes shared his success -- he rode the bucking Lacey
It was suggested that mentoring for board positions horse again. It was not as long or as exciting as the last one.
can and should begin now. New people are welcome, and it Rebekka has been riding her without any bucking, so now
should be noted in the newsletter and at meetings that the Mark gets to try to figure out what’s up with that. We have a
board meetings are open to all members. new Chincoteague pony that is in for training. He is doing
Additional comments regarded future activities, well. Mark says that “Summer has been good to us.”
including a trail ride at Washoe Lake earlier in the year than
last year, as well as mock trail trials or play days. Barb Scott has an old Arab that was lame, but he’s been on a
The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m. diet and he is feeling better now.
General Meeting Minutes Debora Lay has a good size herd. She also recently rescued
July 13, 2006 some sheep. They need to be sheared. Does anyone know of
Called to order at 6:12 p.m. someone who shears sheep or llamas? She is on the search for
a new farrier. Her Andalusian gelding is doing much better in
(There was no board meeting this date, as it was held June 27, his manners. The 3 year old mustang is now being ridden, and
2006. However, the Board members present approved the he does not buck. He is doing really well and will be for sale
purchase new sterilite containers for library books.) when finished training. Two older mares doing well, and a
new TB who is supposed to have “issues” but she hasn’t found
Prior meeting minutes were unanimously approved. any for her yet. He was ranch trained in Texas. She also has
chickens and llamas. She provides layover boarding and has
The Treasurer’s report noted $1908.64 as the current flyers on the tables. Her place is available for evacuees also.
balance. New memberships and expenses were reviewed. The Debora rode her mare in the Reno Rodeo parade, and they
Treasurer’s report is available for evaluation by club members were right in front of the fire engines, but her mare was just
upon request. fine.
Old Business: None Linda Hibbard had a great month. Little big success is her
New Business: The club has purchased more new books: Arab finally has 90 days of training and Linda is starting to
Mark Rashid‘s Horsemanship Through Life and Judi Daly’s ride her. Her 27 y.o. Appy who has had trailering issues, has
Trail Training. Mark noted that we had a board meeting in been walking better into the trailer now, and she got to go to
June rather than today. The board is trying to come up with a VBS. Linda works for the State. They have recently put a web
plan to sustain the club in the future. We discussed having site together for electronic cards, and Linda got them to put
“elect” positions for people who would like to run for an some of her horse photos on them, so now her photos are
office. If you are interested and you don’t know what the representatives for Nevada. Visit //ecards.nv.gov -- you can
position entails, we would accept elect volunteers to begin go see all the cards and all the photos that now includes
mentoring now with current board members. We discussed horses.
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been slow happening, her horses’ shelter is about 2/3 built,
Dennie Hartman and his sister finally got their horses lined ready for siding and roof. They went all winter without shelter
up and went on their first ride of the season. Last year Barb and so she’s happy about that. Her big gelding has been up to
had scheduled a ride late in the fall, so this year they will be the arena and has done really well.
putting the ride on sooner, during the warm weather, and it will
be held at Washoe Lake. Also another place they’d like to get Martharuth Lafever has Icelandics. Her little 3 y.o. filly was
together, is the Thomas Creek Trail, at the end of Timberline hanging around the tack room, so she put a saddle pad on her
Road, off Mt. Rose Highway. It is lovely riding and they’d and she sort of yawned. Then she put a bareback pad on her,
like to have a BBQ or something with that. Toll Road also and she didn’t care. She’s also riding her gelding and ponied
will be a ride area. Through August they will be doing short her filly off of him. Icelandics mature slowly so they are not
day trips and possibly overnighters. A lost horse showed up at started until they are about 5. Martharuth’s older mare “is a
Dennie’s house -- probably from Rhodes Road or Toll Road. valley girl“. She took her to a Ray Hunt clinic to start her.
He followed Dennie into the corral. They have posted notices The mare walked under the hitching rail, she is so small. Mark
in the newspapers. He will not divulge what the horse looks noted that Martharuth owns the first ever Timberline saddle
like because that is the only proof that someone owns him, by made specifically for Icelandics!
describing him. The brand inspector for your area should be
called immediately and the horse reported. In NV the brand Claire Henderson brought Ray’s daughter, Addaley
inspection is the only recognized ownership document. Brand Henderson to visit -- they just flew in from Houston. Claire
inspection is required at time of sale or transport. Only home reported that Ray landed on his feet after he got bucked off
bred horses, on property that are not transported are exempt. his horse. Claire’s success with her horse was a ride outside
If transported, they will still need the brand inspection. the property, with tractors and all sorts of things and it went
Another notation of interest, during conversation of fire really well. She also rode in the English hackamore in the
evacuation about turning horses loose when no vehicle to arena. The other TB she has now been ridden twice, and he is
transport is available: the horse owner is responsible for any really feeling a ton better. He could hardly walk when they got
damage the loose horse may cause. All the more reason to him. Ray’s hand made training sticks, “Schwinger’s“, are
have an emergency listing of those available to help others. available for purchase tonight. Addaley had free stickers for
Wendy Dostal is visiting again. She has four kids and a
husband, three horses, and three dogs. Her biggest Wayne Momerack has been riding his horse. If there is
accomplishment was getting her three older girls out riding anybody out in Silver Knolls who wants to ride with him on
several times. weekends, they do have to have a fast horse. He tries to get
out early in the a.m. before the heat.
Dave Young is at his first meeting. Welcome! He is the His horse is 20, going on 4. Wayne has a nice computer for
official “Equine support crew“, stall mucker, and trailer sale if anyone is interested, includes scanner and printer.
Raquel Minky has a 5 y.o. buckskin paint named Micco. She
Debbie Young has three horses. Rebekka used to be a foster related a good story about Micco and the new little pony,
mom to one of her horses, Copper. They are having trust Norman. She was thrilled that Micco didn’t attack Norman.
issues and are working on that. Their older gelding pulls a She also rode Micco and has finally been loping him, even
cart. She is also looking for a farrier, and a barefoot trimmer bareback.
would be great. She would like to learn how to do her own
trimming. Rebekka Rhodes started their youngest horse Loni under
saddle, and she is a blast! She is the easiest horse Rebekka has
Maggie Greene is attending her first meeting -- welcome! ever started. She just asks what you want, and then she just
She is continuing to work with her horses which is good does it. Nothing bothers her or scares her either. Rebekka
therapy, after a severe auto accident. She is one of the related an incident where it could have been a disaster, but
ambassadors for Parelli, and they sent her 50 tickets to give Loni just stood there totally unbothered, and waited for
out for their August show, so she has brought tickets to give Rebekka to fix the problem for her. Rebekka has also had
away tonight. Thanks Maggie! several great rides on Lacey. Bailey is feeling good and wants
more work. There are 14 new foals including twins at
Angela Archer is at her 2nd meeting this year. She recently Maplewood, and they are so much fun.
discovered she is pregnant. She went up to her horse and
showed him her tummy -- he seemed to understand why she Three sets of Parelli tickets were given away in a
has not been riding. Congrat’s!! drawing. Thank you to Addaley Henderson for loaning us her
hat for the drawing, and for helping to select the winning
Ernie Viera has finally been able to ride his TB after two tickets!
years off. His Appendix QH gelding is doing great. He has Mark relayed information about the vehicle weight
had family issues, but now is able to ride again. restrictions that are placed on regular driving licenses, and
about getting specialized testing for hauling heavy rigs. Any
Dar Meredith is at her 2nd meeting, and she knows Dave. She rig weighing over 10,000 pounds requires a driver to have the
is a new member. She has a few successes. Even though it’s supplemental “J” license. If your rig is approved for that
NHANN Newsletter, July, 2006
weight, even if not loaded to that weight, you must have the at Damonte Ranch Round Table Pizza, off S. Hwy 395
correct license. November
*2: NHANN meeting, Board 5:15pm, General 6:00pm
Presentation: “Cueing for a Specific Result”
at Damonte Ranch Round Table Pizza, off S. Hwy 395
Rebekka Rhodes gave an in-depth presentation (although not
complete due to lack of time) of cueing for a specific result. December
Discussion included the difference between animals who NO MEETING THIS MONTH!
respond naturally and innately to “positive“ reinforcement *Club Christmas Party -- date to be determined
(providing praise as a reward) versus animals who respond
innately to “negative“ reinforcement (removal of cue/stimulus ALL ITEMS OF EQUESTRIAN INTEREST ARE
as reward). It was noted that cues are only as useful as their WELCOME TO BE POSTED ON THE CALENDAR.
effectiveness! It doesn’t matter particularly what you use as a
Please check the club web site for a detailed calendar
cue, as long as it is understandable, effective, and you are
consistent in applying the cue/reward system. Horses are listing of regional and area events at
remarkably adaptable animals, and can learn just about any www.naturalhorsenevada.com
system, as long as it is consistently applied. Several training
systems and ideas were shared. Cues can be used to produce
predictable, specific results, and they can also be used for
behavior modification or cessation. You must first reward an CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING
approximation of the desired response. Then over time and Ads are free to members, and may be for businesses, wanted
repetition, with clarification, you can achieve consistent items or sale items. Contact Rebekka Rhodes.
responses, ultimately achieving higher performance with Ads must be renewed each year with membership.
lighter, softer “invisible” cues. The best trained horses have
the most attentive human trainers. Attention allows good LILLEY’S THERAPEUTIC & SPORTS MASSAGE:
timing. Timing is crucial to application of cues and rewards Long rides and sore muscles? Call me! Susan Lilley,
for best results. There were excellent questions and good LMT, NCTMB, at 775-233-1064. specializing in Swedish,
discussion. Thank you to all who participated! Injury Massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports
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Meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m. hours. Gift Certificates available. (1/06)
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CALENDAR of EVENTS* days delivery for custom orders. Custom saddle pads,
(This is a limited calendar of events, listing girths and cinches, bridles and accessories available.
primarily club meetings and activities, and items Tacky-Tack Saddle Pads – extreme comfort and non-slip
presented by club members. A full listing of security; washable and breathable. Turtle Snaps quick
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at www.naturalhorsenevada.com.) ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’. (1/06)
***PLEASE NOTE LOCATION FOR OUR MEETINGS! CONRAD COMMUNICATIONS, LLC:
NHANN Meetings are held at the Round Table Pizza off We offer two kinds of services: 1) QuickBooks
Damonte Ranch Parkway, in South Reno. The Damonte maintenance and/or training, office management solutions,
Ranch Parkway exit off of Highway 395 is just north of the and 2) marketing, pr, graphic design, direct mail. Please
Virginia City/Mount Rose interchange. The Round Table call or email to find out how we can help! Email
Pizza is on "Old Virginia", which is a new street serving email@example.com, or call 224-5999. (3/06)
the shopping center just West of the highway. Call any of
the board members if you need help with directions!
August Custom animal portraits in oil or acrylic on
*3: NHANN meeting, Board 5:15pm, General 6:00pm canvas. Professional and affordable with your
at Damonte Ranch Round Table Pizza, off S. Hwy 395 horse, dog, cat, (bird? Turtle?) in an idyllic
*11,12: Pat Parelli comes to Reno Livestock Events Center. setting of your preference. To see examples of
Go to “www.parelli.com” for ticket information. my work, call or email me, Carolyn Burton, at
September 775-972-7490 , firstname.lastname@example.org. (5/06)
*7: NHANN meeting, Board 5:15pm, General 6:00pm
at Damonte Ranch Round Table Pizza, off S. Hwy 395
*5: NHANN meeting, Board 5:15pm, General 6:00pm
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When I am an old Horsewoman:
I shall wear turquoise and diamonds,
And a straw hat that doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my social security on white wine
And sit in my alley-way of my barn
And listen to my horses breathe.
I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night
And ride the old bay gelding,
Across the moonstruck meadow
If my old bones will allow.
And when people come to call, I will smile and nod
As I walk past the gardens to the barn
and show instead the flowers growing
inside stalls fresh-lined with straw.
I will shovel and sweat and wear hay in my hair
as if it were a jewel.
And I will be an embarrassment to all,
Who will not yet have found the peace in being free
to have a horse as a best friend,
A friend who waits at midnight hour
With muzzle and nicker and patient eyes
For the kind of woman I will be
When I am old.