May '15 President's Message
Welp, our 14th Poker Ride is already 2 weeks behind us! Seems to have been largely a success
and well attended! Lots of poker was played and many a prize given out! The food was, as
always, 4 servings of awesomeness! Weather was perfect and San Antonio was actually the
loveliest I’ve seen it in 3 years! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!! to all the folks who
volunteered and donated prizes and stepped up at the last minute when there was a job to be done.
This event would never be the success that it has been without all the help and hard work of
With that said, the Poker Ride committee will be looking in to some new ideas for the future.
Even though most folks have gladly volunteered their time, we still have need of more help. We
have the small percentage of members who are every year doing the lion’s share of the work and
boy, are they getting tired. We are also losing some of our BBQ crew to greener, retirement
pastures. We really need to explore ways to expand our pool of helpers if we want to continue to
host this great event. So, I am going to ask that y’all start thinking about this. Give us some
feedback. Give us some ideas. What is your vision for our club?
On another note, if you haven’t already done so, please go to montereyhorsepark.org and sign up
to show your support for this project. Time is of the essence! There is a lot of confusion
regarding this project and Monterey Downs. They are not the same thing! Monterey Downs is
the development project with a horse racing track at the center of it all, which many folks,
including myself, do not support. The Monterey Horse Park is a very different entity. It is a nonprofit
which envisions a horse park similar to Woodside Horse Park, or other horse parks. A local
venue for clinics and shows and other activities. And it will have a trailhead for entering the Fort
Ord National Monument. We NEED this place!
Manzanita Park is still a work in progress. Long story short, the Board of Supervisors just voted
4-1 to approve the concessionaire agreement with the North County Youth Association, but they
must work out solutions for ADA access and equestrian access, or the agreement could be
rescinded in August. A meeting is scheduled between all parties on 4/30/15. They are pretending
to be very excited to work with us and find solutions, lol. Wish us luck!! In the meantime go to
Make Manzanita Park Accessible on Facebook and like their page.
Thanks for listening!