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February 2017

John E. Latz, M.D.
106 4th Ave SW
Catawba, NC 28609

President’s Letter

Spring has sprung, but who can tell the way this weather keeps changing! We had a great clinic, everyone showed much improvement. The Chili cook off went well to recipes should follow. See you at the St Patty’s Event at Paradox March 18th
I missed getting this in last month’s newsletter.
January 14th, 2017 after our Dessert Drive. Attending BOD members Faith, Woody, Polly, Nancy, Tommy, Marilyn, Bev, Jeff & myself. Guests: Faith’s father Bill, Charlotte, and new members Karla & Will Mejia.
We talked about indoor arenas; Rising Hope and Lone Hickory. Possible dates for events. The FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018 to be held at the Tryon Intrnational Equestrian Center, in Tryon NC.
Nancy & Faith plan on attending the Southern Pines CDE April 14th and the Windridge one May 20th.
Ideas for Events and advertising them,were tossed about. Another Fire Safety clinic, Intro to Driving. Karla suggested promoting the club more on FaceBook. She will “Share” with other horse groups.
Faith would really like to see people RSVPing to all of our events
Polly is having knee surgery on 1/26/2017.
Meeting Adjourned 4:00pm

Snow Camp, NC 2/4/2017
On a very Chilly 40 degree morning, Nancy Faller, Faith Bradshaw, Cynthia Holbrook, Jeff & I met JC & Kathy Dill at the Sport of Horses Park in Snow Camp for an introductory drive. It is a really nice facility with trails wide enough for our carriages, although some have a pretty steep cant to them. Todd (the owner) would like us to come do a deomstration in April when he holds his members “Social”. We can pick April 8th or the 22nd he will work around either of those dates. Todd notified me he would prefer we come the 22nd since there is something going on in Tryon on the 8th.

February 11-12, 2017
We could not have asked for more perfect weather for this clinic! Amy worked with 2 people each on Saturday and up to 4 on Sunday. One person would work for about 20 minutes then would rest while another worked, then we started all over again for a 2 hour session each day. We ALL saw much improvement wether it was as the driver or spectators watching. Even I who is not overly observant could see and feel the difference after working with Amy. We all learned how to extend and lengthen our horses gaits. Precious was actually bending AND collecting, and not popping as if she was lame! (Amy said it was because she was finally learning how to balance herself! )
If you ever get a chance to take a lesson from Amy it is REALLY worth your time even if you never intend to show, Amy can help you learn to drive better and in sync with your equine.

February 18th, 2017
Again we had some really nice weather (in February!) for our drive. There were 7 Hidden hazards out on the course and the drivers had to try to match the time previously determined by Faith. Woody won this. A ew got lost out on the course and missed some of the hazards.
We had 6 pots of chili to judge, all were wonderful. Marilyn Colvin won again this year. Bev brought a dessert that dissapeared so fast she didn’t need to wash the dish! Recipes follow:
Winning Chili Recipe:
Smokehouse Chili

2 lbs. ground beef
1 lb. bacon
1 c. chopped onion
1 28 oz. can Bush's Homestyle Baked Beans
1 15 oz. can red kidney beans, drained
1 15 oz. can baby butter beans, drained
1 1/4 c. ketchup
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 T liquid smoke flavoring
4 T white vinegar
1 tsp. salt
Brown beef and onion, drain off the fat, put in the crock pot.
Brown bacon, drain off the fat, break into pieces, put in the crock pot.
Add remaining ingredients, stir well.
Cover and cook on low 4 to 6 hours.

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
• 15 min prep time
• 1 hr 5 min total time
• 6 ingredients
• 12 servings
2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
• Heat oven to 350°F.
• Unroll 1 can dough. Place in bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Stretch to cover bottom of dish, firmly pressing perforations to seal.
• In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and 1 cup of the sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Spread over dough in baking dish.
• Unroll second can of dough. Carefully place on top of cream cheese layer. Pinch seams together.
• Pour melted butter evenly over top. Mix remaining 1/2 cup sugar with the cinnamon, and sprinkle evenly over butter.
• Bake about 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool slightly, about 20 minutes. Refrigerate for easy cutting. Cover and refrigerate any remaining bars.

Our next event will be March 18th at Paradox. I will host with a St Patty’s day themed cones course and scavenger hunt. I will supply a pot of GREEN (split pea) Soup if every one else brings fixin’s to go with.
Don’t forget your dues for next year can be paid online through PayPal, http://whipsandwheelsdrivingclub.org/application.html
Alternatively, at our events or through the mail. (If you have a 16 in front of your E-mail or address (snail mail), your dues are due.
From you Newsletter Editor:
I want to apologize to those of you who have not been receiving e-mail notifications or newsletters. I was just checking one members info when I noticed a few others were listed, but not included in the WWDC group. When I added or updated names I forgot to add you to the E-mail GROUP. PLEASE if you don’t think you are receiving information let me know.