May Meeting will be held at the Oconee County Library in Watkinsville on May 17th at 7pm Meeting Business and Yoga where you can watch or participate.
April Horse Show Photos on Horse Show Photos page
Kel-Mac 2022 Horse Show
KEL-MAC SADDLE CLUB
For the past 45 years, Kel-Mac Saddle Club has provided quality equestrian activities in an educational and family atmosphere. Whether you are looking for western, hunter/jumper, trail riding, horse shows, equine programs or anything else horse related, you've come to the right club! Kel-Mac is located in Northeast Georgia with meetings being held in Athens, Georgia and the surrounding areas.
Kel-Mac Saddle Club sponsors an open, all-breed horse show series, held in Madison, Georgia, to help novice riders and horses prepare for higher level showing. Classes include hunter/jumper, western, halter/showmanship, beginner and open classes and much more.
Trail riding is also a popular activity for Kel-Mac members as they participate in trail rides all along the East Coast.
ELECTION OF 2022 OFFICERS
Elections for the 2022 Officers was held at the November 16th meeting. Our new slate of officers for 2022 are: (L-R)
Show Chairperson Report, by Susie Cottongim
"Off and Running"
What a nice start to the show year. Okay, it was a little cool. We had a delightful turnout, and enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. How we enjoyed the lead line and small fry classes! All those sweet faces, and the kids were cute too.
As a reminder to all exhibitors (old and new), please read the rules and class descriptions sheets available online, and at the show. The directives for the dressage classes are also available. A few highlights: to get points toward the year end, you must be a member. You can join at the end of the day, and the points accrued earlier that day will count. You must show as a member for two shows to be eligible for year end awards. No refunds are given except in the case of injury to horse or rider. Keep an open check with the Show folks at the check-in window if you're not sure whether you will go in a class or not. Inform gate workers of a tack change. It is the competitor's job to be on time. Kel-Mac gate people go out of their way to make sure everyone gets in their class, but it is not their job. There is a two-minute grace time before the gate closes.
Folks are always asking for classes to be added. Fifty-eight classes are enough, but we have some classes that have not had sufficient entries. After the May Show, we will look at the entry numbers and decide whether to cancel a class or not. Classes with risk of cancellation include: Jr. Hunter Equitation, Miniature Halter, Beg. S/A WT Western Pleasure and Horsemanship, and Open Ranch Pleasure. So, it's important to support the classes you want to see remain in the line-up.
It was a beautiful Kel-Mac Show, but it was also bitter sweet. We missed Barbara Cumming, who was our rock and anchor for so many years. Her smile, knowledge, and calm got us through many rough times. Our super volunteers stepped in and up to help make the show run really smooth. Thanks are not enough.
Horsemanship, Sportsmanship, and Friendship: I'm looking forward to seeing them on display again at the upcoming shows.
Images below: scenes from the Kel-Mac Meet and Greet at Heritage Park on April 2, 2022