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2013 SIDHMA Ride

The 2013 version of the annual Southern Indiana Draft Horse and Mule Association started on Saturday, September 7, 2013. The ride was scheduled to go for 9 days, ending on Sunday, September 15th. This year, the club had decided to spend the first three days of the ride at O'Bannon Woods State Park riding on the various wagon trails in the park and in the surrounding Harrison-Crawford State Forest. The plan was to leave the park on Tuesday and head for the traditional Wednesday night party at Mauckport, Indiana on the Ohio River after spending one night at the farm of Mr Jerry Reed, about half-way between the park and Mauckport. The plan then was to leave Mauckport on Thursday morning and proceed north to the Old Capitol Saddle Club near Corydon, Indiana. The group would spend the remainder of the week riding the backroads around that area.

The three days we stayed at O'Bannon Woods were really fun. The park facilities were excellent and the park staff was very supportive of the club and our needs. The trails we rode in both the park and the state forest were in pretty good shape although some of them were covered with larger #2 rock which was a little hard on the horses and wagons. However, it was easy to see that there was a lot of opportunity for expansion of the trails in the almost 30,000 acres covered by the two entities. A special thanks goes out to Ranger Bob Sawtelle, Park Manager, for all of his support.

The group started the week with 7 wagons, but the number of wagons varied each day as people left to go home and others joined up to ride for a day or two. Overall, the number stayed between 4 and 7 wagons each day along with 3 to 6 outriders. A couple of the teams were somewhat tired by the end of the day on Tuesday and the group decided to trailer their teams from Jerry Reed's farm to Mauchport and to allow everyone to take a day off on Wednesday.

The original itinerary called for everyone to spend the night on Saturday and leave to return home on Sunday morning. However, the Saturday ride proved to be rather short and we were back at the camp before 3PM local time. Everyone agreed that there was no reason to hang around the saddle club any longer and so, everyone packed up and were quickly ready to head home. After wishing everyone goodbye, the members of group each headed toward home with the memories of another great week.

There were a few problems early in the week with Bob Pfeifer experiencing some kidney pains and Earl Gentry suffering from some internal blood loss. Both went home for treatment with Bob getting a clean bill of health and Earl winding up in the hospital with some bleeding ulcers. Bob was able to return and finish the ride, but Earl had to stay in the hospital for a few days to get himself back into condition. The only mechanical problem we experienced was when a weld on Mike Kings doubletree broke, but it was easily repaired overnight. The only other item worth mentioning was a swarm of yellow jackets that had a nest in the middle of one of the trails in the park. They waited until the first few wagons went past before they decided to attack. Fortunately, no one was stung too badly.

 


A few of the group were still at the campground when our waitress shot this photo.

 

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Day 1 - O'Bannon Woods

Day 1 - O'Bannon Woods

Day 2 - O'Bannon Woods

Day 2 - O'Bannon Woods

Day 3 - O'Bannon Woods

Day 3 - O'Bannon Woods

Day 4-5 - On to Mauckport

Day 4-5 - On to Mauckport

Day 6 - Mauckport to Corydon

Day 6 - Mauckport to Corydon

Day 7 - Old Capital Saddle Club

Day 7 - Old Capital Saddle Club

Day 8 - Old Capital Saddle Club

Day 8 - Old Capital Saddle Club

   

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