CARROLL COUNTY EQUESTRIAN COUNCIL 2019 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

MARK O. SCHMIDT

The Carroll County Equestrian Council recognizes Mark O. Schmidt as their Volunteer of the Year for 2019.

Since 1966, Mark has been involved with horses and realized the importance of public land use for trails.

This newest member of the Carroll County Equestrian Council is now being recognized for the 20+years he has quietly volunteered countless hours to keep the Union Mills Trails open and accessible.

Coming from a family of woodsmen, holding a Masters degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Forestry and a deep interest in conservation of natural areas, Mark’s skills in trail maintenance are unmatched.

In addition to his involvement in the Carroll County Equestrian Council, Mark’s other interests include playing music, hiking and other horseback activities.

2019 HALL OF FAME – CARROLL COUNTY EQUESTRIAN COUNCIL NOMINEE

JOSEPH ZENTGRAF

A charter member of the Carroll County Equestrian Council (CCEC), Joe Zentgraf held various offices including President, Vice President, and Board Member, and was always a volunteer at the booth for promotional events. Joe led the Equestrian Council in their efforts to provide safe access to the multi-use trails in the county that are enjoyed by many users. His original techniques with a machete while on horseback still remain memorable. Joe’s talent in leatherwork is unmatched; many of the equestrians in the community have tack, repaired saddles, sheaths to hold clippers onto the saddle, and original leather goods all made by Joe.

Joe’s quiet and patient nature was evidenced by the several “Stream Crossing” clinics he held at the Union Mills trails. Attendees were always appreciative of the success they enjoyed after attending a clinic and now having a horse that would cross water easily.
A believer that a partnership with horse and rider should enable them to enjoy many things together led to the creation of the “Joe’s Playground” at the Carroll County Equestrian Center. This area provides obstacles challenges such as opening a gate, picking up a pole, walking across a platform bridge and walking though the “car wash”.

Current CCEC President, Darlene Welsh says, “I remember attending a Guided Ride and witnessed Joe being a soft spoken horseman. Before the ride, he would slowly and gently warm up his horse/mustang, speaking softly from the ground…telling him he was a good boy. No doubt about it, Joe is a horseman, not a cowboy.”

Joe continues his interest in the equestrian community by attending equine promotional events.

CARROLL COUNTY EQUESTRIAN COUNCIL 2018 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – THEONE ANDREW AND RANDY HULSE

Theone and Randy became interested in the Carroll County Equestrian Council when they moved to their property bordering Morgan Run.

Members for approximately nine years, Theone and Randy are actively involved in trail maintenance at Morgan Run. When asked, “What do you see as the future use of public land?” they stated, “Green spaces need to be preserved and maintained for public use. The future will likely demand that more of the maintenance work will need to be done with private labor and private money in the form of philanthropy and volunteerism.”

In addition to their involvement in the Carroll County Equestrian Council, Theone and Randy volunteer with TROT, Carrollton Hounds, League of Maryland Horsemen, and Valley Lea Riding Club. They share other interests in visiting national parks, photography and fox hunting.

The Carroll County Equestrian Council recognizes Theone Andrew and Randy Hulse as their Volunteer of the Year for 2018.