NYS Horse Council Annual Meeting Weekend
NYS Horse Council Annual Meeting Weekend: September 25-27
The Cattaraugus/Chautauqua Chapter of the New York State Horse Council is hosting the New York State Horse Council’s Annual Meeting on Saturday September 26th at the Cherry Creek Inn, 1022 West Road (County Route 68; www.cherrycreekinn.net). The board of directors will meet from 10 am to 12 pm followed by the annual members’ luncheon meeting catered by The Mustard Seed of South Dayton. After a brief business meeting and awards presentations, Tom Seay, host of RFD-TV’s “Best of America by Horseback” comments on his recently completed “Border to Border” ride. Senator Cathy Young will also address the group.
The afternoon program showcases the Chapter’s Adopt-A-Resource project: 26 miles of horse and multi-use trails plus equestrian parking/camping area. Participants will meet at the Pineapple Junction parking/camping area in the Pine Hill/South Valley State Lands just south of Randolph. A grant of nearly $33,000 was received from the NYS Horse Council to make the project possible. The Crosspatch will provide wagon rides.
The day concludes at Merritt Winery in Forestville for wine tasting and beef on wick supper. Chapter Board Member, Leah Leising notes “We welcome any interested people to join us and find out what the NYS Horse Council is about. All events do require reservations so please call 532-3357 or email lleising [at] netsync [dot] net --- some are free and some have a cost.”
Leah adds “The rest of the weekend is filled with some very fun events as well. One of the big highlights of the weekend is that, thanks to the invitation by Jack & Mary Jo Peacock, owners of Stagecoach West in Irving with financial support from Chautauqua & Cattaraugus counties, Tom Seay and his crew from Best of America by Horseback will be filming here for a show to be shown on his program on RFD-TV. The main theme of this event is horse related but we would like to also promote and highlight the wonderful Catt/Chaut area –its beauty, its attractions and all that we have to offer in the way of “horsey” things as well as the many other interests that people may have from fishing & boating to the arts & resorts. We really want to show and promote as much of our great area as we can. He will be filming at various locations including Rosebud Stables in Arcade, Sliding B Stables in Machias, Creekside Roundup in Franklinville, Nash Hill Equestrian Center in Gowanda, Onoville Marina, Seneca Nation Museum in Salamanca, Holiday Valley Ski Resort in Ellicottville, Chautauqua Institution, Lake Erie, Horse Camp at Allegany State Park, Native Offerings Organic Family Farm, the Old Order Amish community and Cockaigne Ski Center. We are encouraging folks to be a part of this awesome event so come and join us!”
The weekend festivities kick off on Friday September 25th with an old fashioned “Cowboy Cookout and Western Show” put on by The Crosspatch at the Little Valley Riders Horse Park located at 5397 Rte 353 in Little Valley. Doors open at 5:00 pm with dinner served at 6:30 pm and Western Show to follow (reservations required). The band will continue playing after the show. Tom Seay from RFD-TV will be there, so come and meet him. The Little Valley Riders Club are opening up their grounds to anyone who would like to come and ride/drive their horses and/or camp for the weekend (reservations required; please call 716-307-9091; Snack Bar open Friday night & breakfast available Saturday).
The weekend concludes with a “meet & greet” for Tom Seay at Cockaigne Ski Center on Sunday morning, 9-10 am -- enjoy a cup of coffee, view of the ski slopes, and conversation. The Chautauqua Trail Riders and Cockaigne will host a trail ride departing promptly at 10 am. (Reservations required for the ride: 716 532 3357 or lleising [at] netsync [dot] net ) The Lou Eibl Corral is also offering camping for Horse Council members coming in for the weekend at their Club grounds on Rood Rd in Cherry Creek.