Congratulations Tom Bahl,  2017 Gibby Award Recipient. Tom is a Wayne County OHC member is truely represents "horseman helping horseman" as he spends countless hours working on maintaining and improving trails and camping facilities at Malabar Farm State Park and Mohican Memorial Forest.

Tom received his award at the recent "Gibby Ride" held at Barkcamp State Park in Belmont County. The award represents commitment to Ohio's bridle trails and is named after Wilbur "Gibby" Gibson, a trail blazer who helped start the movement in Ohio to have dedicated bridle trails.

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                                                 $750.00 Grants

Northwest - Wood County, Stall repairs, Van Buren State Park

Northeast - Cuyahoga County, Parking lots, Cleveland Metro Park

Central - Knox County, Trail repair, Parking lot, Thayer Ridge Park

Southwest - Pike County, Trail repair, Pike Lake

Southeast- Lawrence County, Trail repair, Paddle Creek, Lake Vesuvius

                         $5000.00 Matching Grant Recipients

Northeast - Cuyahoga County, $1000.00, Parking lot, Cleveland Metro

Southeast - Jackson County, $1000.00, Parking lot, Hammer Town Lake

Southwest - Ross County, $1000.00, Stone parking lot, Tar Hollow

Southwest- Preble County, $1000.00, Horse arena, Huston Woods

Central - Delaware County, $500.00, Trail repair, Alum Creek

Central - Fairfield County, $500.00, Tie lines, Hocking State Forest (group camp)

This is the form to fill out and turn in to your local county chapter. If you download the form, it is a fillable PDF document.

Be sure to read the instructions on page 1.

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Ohio Horseman’s Council, Inc. awarded its prestigious Lifetime Membership award to Jack and Linda Weese at the recent OHC state membership meeting. (See picture in slider at top of page) Left to right:  Kris Green, Awards Chairperson;   Linda Weese and Jack Weese, recipients of the honored award;   Arden Sims, President - Ohio Horseman’s Council.

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Candidate for Treasurer
•    In running for the office of Treasurer, I feel I am very qualified for this position and would like to volunteer my services.  

•    I have an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and worked as an accountant in the public sector for over 30 years retiring in 2011. I am also a Registered Tax Professional with the IRS and have worked as an income tax preparer for over 35 years. I love being part of the Ohio Horseman's Council and what it has to offer its members.

•    I was a Gibby Award winner and I have been a member of Stark County OHC and OHC since around 1990.

•    I have served in our local chapter as President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and newsletter editor. I also wrote the Corral article for Stark County for many years.

•    At the State level, I was the NE Regional Mentor and then Regional Representative for many years along with being chair of the Buckeye Trail Association committee.

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Candidate for President

My wife Claudia and I became involved with the OHC in 1999 when we started a therapeutic riding program including volunteers from the Washington County Chapter of OHC.  This gave us an opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people in the horse world.  One of the first OHC events we attended was a horse camping clinic put on by the Licking County Chapter.  

Since that time and over the last 2 years, with the honor of being your president, I attended chapter meetings throughout the state and I quickly appreciated experiencing the uniqueness of each chapter while meeting the dedicated people of OHC. Chapter uniqueness is our strength and a critical factor in the success of the OHC.

It has been a real pleasure to serve as your president while attending chapter meetings and their planned events.  I’ve learned a lot while working with so many dedicated members as they work in their never ending pursuit of the goals of the OHC.  I believe every day members of the OHC are helping others that illuminate the OHC motto “Horsemen Helping Horsemen”.

Our work is never done and I hope to have your support to continue the journey and the progress we’ve made together over the past 2 years.

So far I have been to 62 chapters and have plans to visit the remaining 6 before our November Members Meeting.  If re-elected, my focus for the next 2 years will be to continue to visit chapter and state events, because it is very important for our membership to see state level officers who are showing interest in and supporting their efforts.  Further, I will:

1.    Continue to improve communications throughout the organization and encourage more members to get involved with chapter and state activities.  Also, I will continue to work to provide chapters with more information that they can use to achieve their plans.   
2.    Focus on finding additional resources for trail maintenance.
3.    Intensify our efforts to educate the public about the economic benefits of the equine community and inform others about the activities, contributions and benefits of the OHC.
4.    Grow our recruitment efforts to ensure our future continues forward with membership that represents all ages of rider, disciplines of riding and breed of equine.

Again it has been great working as your OHC president and I thank you for efforts to make the OHC a better organization.

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August 8, 2016 – The Ohio Horseman's Council, Inc. (OHC) recently named their 2016 “Gibby” award winner for contributions to the building, maintenance and preservation of bridle trails in the State of Ohio. Jerry and Mary Ann Basham, residents of Brookville and long-time members of the Montgomery county chapter of OHC, received the coveted award for their contributions at Sycamore State Park, located west of Dayton. The Bashams received their award before a large crowd of fellow OHC members and representatives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) at a presentation ceremony held at Barkcamp State Park in Belmont County.