General Meeting November 4, 2014
Location and Time:
  Meeting held at Carroll County Office Building, 225 N. Center Street, Room 003-004 Lower Level, Westminster, MD and called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Darlene Welsh, President.
Attendance:
  Lynda Arnold, Gill Breeding, Janet Breeding, Carolyn Garber, Bridget McCullough, Peggy Miller, Darlene Welsh, Joe Zappacosta, Joe Zentgraf, Tina Shupp.
Volunteer Hours
  October 2014: hours
Secretary's Report:
  Motion by Lynda Arnold to approve the minutes of the meeting held on October 7, 2014; second by Joe Zentgraf. Motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report:
  Report for October 2014 View Here
Equestrian Center Report: Darlene Welsh
  Bridget McCullough reported the Carroll County Western Circuit has requested dates for 2015. Bridget announced that since she is unable to attend the December 2 meeting, she is prepared to turn over the Equestrian Center Manager files at this meeting.
Equestrian Center Maintenance Report:
  Peggy Miller reported that Harrison Mule Days seemed to be well attended. The Harrisons mowed the hay field and drug the rings; the large round bales will be removed from the edge of the hay field soon. The Biddison Building has been closed for the season; the water tank is drained and the sound system has been removed. On 10/19/14, the door frame on the Judges Stand in Ring 1 was damaged; repairs were made. The portable toilet has been removed from the property.

Groundhog holes in the hayfield area – Carolyn Garber reported that on 09/03/14 an email request was sent to Recreation and Parks: “It was reported at an earlier CCEC meeting, we have a ground hog problem in the former "hay field" portion of the Equestrian Center.  Since we were unable to find someone who wanted the hay...we will have to continue to mow the area.  The open area is inviting to riders using the Cross Country Course jumps along the perimeter of the Center. That area has numerous ground hog holes....which present a hazard to riders and other users of the property as well as a hazard to mowers/maintenance of the area. The September issue of the Equiery included an ad: "FREE Reduction of Groundhogs.  Exp'd groundhog hunter will safely reduce groundhog pop FOR FREE in appropriate sites in Fred.,Carroll, Howard or Montgomery Co. Refs available.  Doug 301-439-9087 email" Would this be an option for the Equestrian Council to consider? The ground hog holes are within the "Safety Area" during the hunting season that will soon be in effect. If the "FREE Reduction...." isn't an option, please advise how this problem is handled on other County owned properties.”
Tina Shupp reported the response to this inquiry is a recommendation to “put bubblegum down into the groundhog holes.” Contact information for a Professional Wildlife Removal Company, licensed by Maryland Fish and Wildlife Commission was also provided. Motion by Janet Breeding to obtain more detailed information from each vendor; second by Joe Zentgraf. Motion passed. Carolyn volunteered to contact each of the vendors for more details.
Arena drag kept outside the storage trailer – Carolyn Garber reported the arena drag is not easily visible at the current site and volunteered to install fence posts and snow fence around it to increase visibility. Motion by Janet Breeding to approve the installation of fence posts and snow fence around the arena drag; second by Lynda Arnold. Motion passed.
RECREATION AND PARKS REPORT
  Tina Shupp reported the Volunteer of the Year program will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Robert Moton Center, 300 S. Center Street, Westminster,MD. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and Awards program at 7:00 p.m. The Equestrian Council will recognize Linda Polzin as their 2014 Volunteer of the Year.
Old Business
  Morgan Run NEA Trail Work Day on 10/12/14
Carolyn Garber reported another successful trail work day; thanks to Dave Radcliffe for mowing the trails and to Theone Andrew, Joe Dragan, Carolyn Garber, Howard & Marty Lanham, Mickey Rogers, Beth Stenger for their work. Workers enjoyed hot dog lunch provided by Howard & Marty Lanham. Two members of the Mt. Airy Saddle Pals participated on horseback and then joined their group’s ride at the conclusion of the trail work day. Consensus of the Morgan Run Trail Work group was to request another trail work day to be able to complete the removal of the two remaining trail blockages. PVSP approved another work day – Sunday, November 16, 2014; 9 a.m. – Noon.

Social Dinner at Buttersburg Inn on 10/28/14
Darlene Welsh reported 14 attended the dinner. Motion by Janet Breeding to donate $100 to Union Bridge Fire Company; second by Peggy Miller. Motion passed.

Nominations for 2015 Officers/Board of Directors
Rules of Eligibility from the By-laws: Dues to have been paid by March 2014/Member in good standing by attending meetings at least 50%
October 1, 2013 – September 30,2014.
President, Darlene Welsh
Vice President, Joe Zentgraf
Secretary, Carolyn Garber
Treasurer, Peggy Miller
Board of Directors – Janet Breeding
Board of Directors – Jessica Dustin
Board of Directors – Dave Radcliffe
Equestrian Center Manager – Lynda Arnold

Motion by Janet Breeding to approve the slate of Officers and Board of Directors; second by Carolyn Garber.
Motion passed. Congratulations to all!

Equestrian Center “Exit” Plan
Lynda Arnold indicated nothing to report at this time.

Friends of Carroll Recreation and Parks (FOCRP) meeting on 10/28/14
Carolyn Garber attended this meeting to represent the Equestrian Council. The topics discussed at this meeting were not applicable/did not pertain to the Equestrian Council.

Piney Run Trails
Hazardous condition of the first “bridge”/signage – After the trail work day on 5/31/14, Piney Run Park was advised of the condition of the bridge since it is not safe for horses. Discussion followed regarding the posting of signage to warn riders not to use the bridge; since that time, response has not yet been received from Piney Run Park. Tina Shupp will remind Piney Run Park of the earlier correspondence/concerns.
New Business
  MD Horse Council News
See current issue of The Equiery. Janet Breeding suggested special attention to the Maryland Horse Council news, as well as page 59 (Lisbon Ol’Fashioned Christmas Horse Parade) and page 89 (Harrison Mule Days.)

19th Annual Horse World Expo – January 16 – 18, 2015
Carolyn Garber reported members of the Equestrian Council are needed to volunteer at the booth. The schedule for volunteers is provided below. In order to participate in HWE, the booth is to be manned at all times and the schedule finalized by mid December. Contact Carolyn Garber at 410-549-5141 or via Email to reserve your time to volunteer.

Set up &
Friday, 1/16/15 12:00 – 2:00 Darlene Welsh
2:00 – 4:00
4:00 – 6:00
6:00 – 8:00

Saturday, 1/17/15 9:00 – 11:00
11.00 – 1:00
1:00 – 3:00
3:00 – 5:00 5:00 – 7:00

Sunday, 1/18/15 9:00 – 12:00 Joe Dragan & Carolyn Garber
12:00 – 3:00
3:00 – 5:00 & Joe Zentgraf
Take Down

2015 Calendar of Events
Carolyn Garber reminded members that we are seeking volunteers for special events/programs/trail ride guides, etc. If you have an idea/contact for an informational seminar/special presentation please let us know! Contact the Carroll County Equestrian Council via Email or call Darlene Welsh (410-861-5634.) The 2015 Calendar of Events is to be ready for distribution at Horse World Expo.

Humane Society of Carroll County
Drivers are needed for the Mobile Adoption Trailer
“Friday, October 17, 2014 11:30 AM From: "Ratliff Nicky" Email

Carolyn, I so much appreciate your help with this.

I think the Carroll County Equestrian Council might really be able to help us save some lives.

We have this New, Wonderful and Beautiful Mobile Adoption Unit and a truck to pull it BUT we need a few more drivers. I thought what better than folks that were experienced in pulling horse trailers to assist us????? The Trailer is filled with adoptable animals and taken to various sites around the county like Walmart Parking Lots, TSC or  Special Events and the public can see the animals and adopt them right on the spot. Veterans or active duty members of the Armed Services do not even have to pay an adoption fee (donations are always welcome but not necessary)  We generally need to have the driver here at the shelter around 9:00am on a Sat. or Sun. and we arrive back around 5:00pm. Obviously we would welcome the driver to stay all day with us and help out BUT that really wouldn’t be necessary if they wanted to take off and return on time to drive the trailer back to the animal shelter. The Volunteer Drivers might only want to volunteer once a month or every other month, both would be wonderful. The only requirements are that they be dependable, have a good driving record and be experienced hauling a trailer.
Adjournment
  Motion to adjourn by Dave Radcliffe; second by Joe Zentgraf. Meeting adjourned 9:10 p.m.
December 2nd Meeting
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  If CCPS are closed for the day due to inclement weather – meeting cancelled.
If CCPS has early dismissal due to inclement weather – meeting cancelled.
If CCPS schools remain open Mon-Fri and if the snow emergency plan is in effect – meeting cancelled.
 
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