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Horse enthusiasts invited to Halloween Saturday
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Horse lovers are invited to a Trick-or-Treat Trail Ride and Halloween costume contest for both horses and riders Saturday, Oct. 28, at Quanah Stables in Stilson.
    A meeting will follow the fun to discuss the possible formation of a group of equestrian enthusiasts with a focus on education, encouraging those new to the horse world and community service.
    The event is free of charge, and hot dogs will be provided. Those who plan to come are asked to bring their own side dishes (and enough to share with others) as well as drinks and lawn chairs.
    "We want to form a group of people who just enjoy horses," said Sylvia Dutton, a local horse lover who planned the event. "We want to encourage people who are new to horses and maybe don't know a great deal, who would like to socialize with others like themselves as well as more experienced horse owners."
    The meeting Oct. 28 is to gather input from area horse owners, said Holli Deal Bragg, who is also organizing the event. "We envision a casual, family-oriented group that may meet once a month, no dues or charges, for a trail ride one month, an educational clinic another month and a community service project or fun day the next month," she said.
    Dutton said many people who are just beginning to get into horses, or already own them but are not considered professional horsemen, may find a group geared towards "beginner horsemen" welcoming and less daunting than joining a traditional equestrian membership.
    But long-time horsemen are encouraged to attend the fun day and meeting as well, Bragg said.
    "We need those with experience to come along and help encourage and educate those new to horses," she said. "Taking a trail ride with horsemen who have years of experience can be highly educational and beneficial to a person who is just getting started in the horse world."
    Clinics on topics such as nutritional needs, tack care and deworming would benefit all horsemen, not just those new to the horse world, Dutton said.
    The day's events will be from 1 p.m. until whenever,  with a Trick-or-Treat Trail ride (adults welcome as well!), followed by a costume contest for both horse and rider back at Alan Joiner's arena at Quanah Stables.  The meeting discussion will take place after everyone enjoys hot dogs.
    Quanah Stables is located on Hubert Church Road. Take U.S. 80 to Stilson, turn onto the Ga. 119 Connector beside Stilson Country Corner, and drive about four miles. Hubert Church Road is just past Old River Road.
    Horse lovers who cannot attend the fun day/trail ride Saturday can still give input regarding the formation of a no-dues riding organization.
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