Readers’ corner 05/21/08 |

Readers’ corner 05/21/08

Pony passports prepare riders

Northern Mines Pony Club held A Day of Fun with Horses recently at The Hay Barn, and 33 local kids came to learn about the anatomy of the hoof, farrier care, teeth, feed, poisonous plants, English riding attire, bits and much, much more.

Fourteen members of the Pony Club, presented the information. Children attending received a “passport” that got stamped at every presentation, and they received a certificate of completion at the end of the day. The children also received lead line pony rides and built stick ponies.

Club parents barbecued, directed parking, walked ponies, set up and cleaned up.

Kathy Sanchez writes:

“It was a great day for everyone involved, and I thought you might like to share it with your readers!”

Pony Club members range from 7 to 21 years old, and work with ponies as small as 10 hands and as large as 17 hands. The group is associated with a national organization that has produced more than 30 Olympic competitors!

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Mark your calendars

Just a reminder of two fun events coming up:

Praise in the Mountains, a free concert offering Christian music ranging from blues to rock to gospel, is from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

The 11th Annual Spring Showcase tour of historic bed-and-breakfast inns is from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 1. Local artists will display their work and refreshments will be served. See for info.

Pass it on

Geri Whalen and Jeannie Birmingham are looking for people who have experienced the kindness of strangers and feel moved to “pass it on.”

The Emergency Assistance Coalition was founded and is funded mainly by area churches and staffed by volunteers who offer that helpful “hand up” to people who find themselves in an emergency.

“The work is done from the volunteer’s home via phone calls. It entails dedication one week per quarter to be available, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., by home phone or cell phone, to listen to the caller’s problem situation, Then, if it can be solved within EAC’s guidelines, make phone calls to our providers,” the ladies write.

If you can help, call Geri at 273-3803 or Jeannie at 271-1317.

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