Horse clinics offered for new and seasoned riders [Lisbon/Woodbine]

Howard County Tims

Horse enthusiasts should add to their calendars a preseason Trail Horse Clinic presented by Alex Falk on March 18 and a Ranch Riding Clinic offered by Terry Helder on March 17 at Oak Spring Equestrian Center at 15195 Bushy Park Road in Woodbine.

Each will have an a.m. and a p.m. session at a cost of $100 per session.

Auditors are welcome at a cost of $20.

The a.m. trail clinic will be a beginner’s class where riders will learn how to ride through the different trail obstacles and the p.m. session will be for more advanced riders who want to improve their trail scores.

The Ranch Riding Clinic offers both an a.m. session for beginners and a p.m. session for riders looking to increase their horse show success. Food will be available. For further information, contact Ashton at arsullivan157@yahoo. com.

On Saturday, March 24, from 7 to 11 p.m ., Glenelg High School Boosters will sponsor the Glenelg Booster Bash at The Salandra’s Barn, 14685 Carrs Mill Road.

Tickets include a new menu this year with heavy appetizers and a mashed potato bar, beer, wine, strawberry margaritas and soda with a cash bar for cocktails and both silent and live auctions and raffles throughout the evening. Music by a D.J. will also be provided. Admission tickets for the entire evening is $55.

Booster supporters may also wish to be a sponsor for the evening activities. Available sponsorships are a freshman at $50; a sophomore at $100; a junior at $1,000; and a gladiator sponsorship at $3,000. Those interested should contact the boosters at or contact Peggy Koele at or by phone at 913-233-6557.

Friends of Helen W. Spedden of Ellicott City mourn her loss on Jan. 29. Helen was influential in the local horse community as one of the original members and a long time supporter of the Maryland Western Horse Association and a member of the Maryland State Quarter Horse Association and the American Paint and Pinto Association. She and her husband, Bob, were both judges most of their adult lives at local and regional horse shows. Helen resided on her horse farm in Ellicott City until she was moved to an assisted-living facility recently.

Helen, 91, was born in Baltimore City on June 1, 1926. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Robert, and siblings Virginia Backhaus and William Willis. She graduated from Western High School in Baltimore in 1944, later attending the Maryland Institute of Art. She had a long career with the Federal Government at Fort Mead.

Helen was interred at Mount View Cemetery on View Road in Marriottsville.

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