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Root River Saddle Club


Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Club One, of only three saddle clubs in the southeastern most portion of the state, and the only one in Fillmore County, Root River Saddle Club has a rich tradition of both horsemanship and promotion of family fun. While one might think it is limited to horse owners alone, "We have several members who do not ride, however, enjoy the camaraderie of shared interests and enjoy being part of equine-related activities," says club member and SEMSCA delegate Beth LaFleur of Rushford.

Founded in 1969, Root River Saddle club began as a small gathering of families and individuals largely from the Rushford and Peterson areas, but included some members from Houston and Winona counties. It has since grown to 113 active members (80 families) and encompasses a tri-state region. It is the largest of the South Eastern Minnesota Saddle Clubs Association (SEMSCA) and one of the largest in the Western Saddle Clubs Association (WSCA) of the state.

Initially, the club struggled to find a home for events other than trail riding. From humble beginnings in a vacant lot fenced off by a rickety snow fence behind the Rushford Municipal Liquor Store, to Johnson's J Triple R Ranch, to an area west of the Ferndale Golf Course, the club settled permanently at Rushford's Ukkestad Arena in 1985. There, the club showcases events of all disciplines: Western (Stock Seat), English (Hunt Seat), Halter, Showmanship, as well as timed events. They are avid promoters of youth with several children's classes.

Root River Saddle Club has a strong tradition of awards and accolades. Collectively, they have been awarded WSCA Championship Horse Show High Point Pleasure Club the last three years. No easy feat, this is the biggest open show in the United States with over 5,000 entries last year alone. The club was also the highest achieving club in SEMSCA for annual year end awards.

While club members are largely involved in horse showing, they range from the top notch competitors to the backyard horse owner who just loves horses and their companionship. "A majority of the membership owns stock breeds such as Quarter Horses, Paints, and Appaloosas, but some own miniatures, drafts, or pleasure breeds such as Arabians, Morgans, and Saddlebreds," explains club secretary Kari Johnson.

Twice a year, Root River Saddle Club hosts major SEMSCA shows, both of which are open to the public. Both shows are typically held the second weekend in June and include a championship show .....
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Report Finds Air Pollution Harms Minnesota Fish & Wildlife

Wed, Mar 16th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors



(St. Paul) - A new report from National Wildlife Federation finds that a number of wildlife species important to hunters and anglers in Minnesota are harmed by toxic air pollution and climate change. The report comes on the same week the U.S. ..... 
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Owl Festival a hoot for kids

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

The International Festival of Owls may have in-depth programs for adults, but it also has a heap of fun for kids, too.

Cub Scouts can attend a special program on either Friday or Sunday to earn their Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop while lea ..... 
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Passion of hunting

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

I awake early in the morning, before the sun has risen, trying, without much success, to fully awake myself. I turn on my country music while I get ready to brave the cold. I eat some warm food and gulp down a cup of steaming coffee, hoping it will ..... 
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Youth snowmobile safety class December 11

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Bluff Valley Riders snowmobile Club safety class has been scheduled for Saturday, December 11, starting at 10:00 a.m. at Crop Productions Services on Hwy 44 East, Harmony. The class/driving test is for anyone 11-16 years old. State law requires anyo ..... 
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Recycling 101

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

With today's technology, there are countless groups and agencies that supply us with information on almost any subject, including recycling. I know many of you search the web now and then to gain a little more knowlege about things that may be of in ..... 
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DU APPLAUDS DNR DRAFT SHALLOW LAKE PLAN

Wed, Nov 3rd, 2010
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LAKEVILLE, Minn., Nov. 2, 2010 - Some of the most critical waterfowl habitat remaining in Minnesota will soon benefit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' shallow lakes program plan, "Managing Minnesota's Shallow Lakes for Wate ..... 
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Boater David Seaton of Buchanan, Tenn., won Jett Loach of Ringgold, Ga., won the co-angler the BFL Chevy Wild Card tournament

Mon, Nov 1st, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

division with nine bass that weighed 23-2 to take

held Oct. 29-30 on Pickwick Lake to earn $4,779. home $2,367.

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WHAT: David Seaton of Buchanan, Tenn., caught ..... 
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HOSTETLER WINS BASS FISHING LEAGUE KENTUCKY LAKE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Boater Bradley Hostetler of Muncie, Ind., caught 11 bass weighing 35 pounds, 8 ounces to win the three-day BFL Kentucky Lake Regional Championship which was held Oct. 21-23. Hostetler won a Chevy truck and Ranger boat along with a trip to the 2011 BF ..... 
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