Sunday, August 4, 2013


A hot sunny day in June was perfect for a visit to Stone Creek Ranch to ride the obstacle course and the wooded trail.  Jan, Keri, Kathy, Rio and Mary Ann decided to let Flash tell the story.


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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Horse Angels, ACTHA and Red Hats Purple Chaps

Red Hats Purple Chaps sponsored an ACTHA ride the first weekend in June at Midwest Trail Ride.  The proceeds will be donated to Horse Angels horse rescue in Spencer, IN.
American Competitive Trail Horse Association riders compete for accumulative points throughout the year.

Dr. Sue Whitman, DVM operates Horse Angels, a rescue operation that heals the bodies and minds of rescued horses.  Dr. Sue has the horses trained and works hard to find them 'forever homes'.
Maggie Whitlow was in charge of the ACTHA event, Karen Humphries was in charge of the obstacles and Kathy Ellington Swango got together all the prizes.  Kathy was also a judge and Mary Ann was her a judge's helper, a timekeeper. 

We stayed in one of the sweet cedar cabins with a beautiful back yard.

Yikes!  Where are Flash and Rio?

They were back at home in Bloomington.  On again-off again storms Thursday and Friday helped them decide to stay dry and eat hay.  Friday night the storms were in full gear and Saturday morning the rain was still coming down.

Judges met early Saturday morning and the majority of riders agreed that doing the obstacle ride around camp was the safe option.
The Saturday ride was a great example of COWGIRL UP!  Riders, judges and helpers did their jobs in the pouring rain with no whining.

We were stationed at the final obstacle, the Wildlife Box, full of scary wild flora and noisy, big-eyed fauna.  Some horse and rider pairs negotiated the path in the box calmly and gracefully.  Others … not so well.  Either way, it was a good learning and sacking-out experience for both horse and rider. 
After the outside shower, a shower inside seemed like a good idea.
The weather cleared up the in the afternoon and a bunch of us drove up 446 to the Scenic View Restaurant for supper.  Yum!!!
Then a little further up the road to Brewsters.  Can you say Red Raspberry Chocolate Truffle?
Sunday morning was dry, but the sky was giving mixed messages.  Nestled in the fluffy, sunny clouds were ominous storm buds. 
The rain stayed away and the ACTHA ride went up into the woods.  Hooray!
Look carefully and you can find Allison and her black and white pony going up the trail.
We were stationed at the first obstacle, the Mailbox.  Most of the horses had dealt with mailboxes before, but a few seemed to have forgotten that they had ever seen one.
Judge Kathy waits for a horse and rider.
Mary Ann times an imaginary horse and rider.
Winners of Open, Pleasure and Junior were awarded ribbons, ACTHA bucks and their choice of prizes from a large selection of horse-related and personal items.
Saturday Junior Winners
Saturday Pleasure Winners
 Sunday Junior Winner
                                                                                  Overall Winner 
We all had a great time!  Rain can get a lot of things wet, but can never dampen the fun!
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Horse Adoption Day at Ellington Stables

Hidden in the hills of southern Indiana is a sanctuary dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of over 30 unwanted horses that are recovering from abuse, starvation, disease, and injuries. It is named Horse-Angels, Inc. Horse Rescue and was founded by Sue A. Whitman, DVM.  Horse-Angels is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  The address is 8262 Switchboard Road, Spencer, Indiana 47460.  Visit

In October of 2012 Dr. Sue brought over a group of healthy, rehabilitated and trained horses for an Adoption Day at Ellington Stables.  Attendees got the opportunity to learn about the Horse Angels program and to get to know the horses.  "Shoppers" had the chance to ride and spend time with potential adoptees.

It was very difficult to make a choice!


On June 1, 2013 The Red Hats Purple Chaps is sponsoring an ACTHA Ride at Midwest Trail Ride, Norman, IN with proceeds going to Horse Angels.   
ACTHA, the American Competitive Trail Horse Association draws participants from all over the United States.
Happy Trails to You!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Red Hats Purple Chaps Jamboree 2012

The Red Hats Purple Chaps Jamboree in April of 2012 was held at Midwest Trail Ride in Norman, Indiana.  RHPC is a group of horse crazy little girls who have grown up into women who are still horse crazy.  Jamboree is a once a year celebration of friendship and fun with our horses.

Our course Kathy, Rio, Mary Ann and Flash had to be there.  Jeff Ellington was generous and pampered us with the use of the family motor home, the Taj Mahal of camping.

The motor home was ALMOST big enough for the horses, too.

Kathy was in charge of the Fun Show and it was FUN!  It required a lot of laughter.  Mary Ann was the helper.

After dinner we had a wine hunt in the dark.  There were mini bottles and a couple of big bottles of wine. 
Mary Ann found one of the big bottles in a mail box obstacle at the round pen.  We drank it the next night at the corn hole game in the dining hall.  It lasted about a minute.

We went trail riding every day with the boys.  They love a nice walk in the woods.  The trails are very hilly, so we never push them.  Trails at MTR also join the equine trails in the Hoosier National Forest.  A $35.00 DNR horse tag is all you need for the whole year.

 I think the RHPC Jamboree is going to be at Midwest Trail Ride this year.  We hope so!