...installation dinner at Adolph's in Santa Cruz cost was $8.50 per person. The 1987 installation dinner at Ideal Fish in Santa Cruz cost $16.95 per person. The 1997 installation dinner at Aptos Seascape, in Aptos was, depending on what you ordered, $23.00-$28.00 per person. We will be doing bag lunches for the 2007 dinner.
The club bought Santa his suit in 1975. Ron Parker has filled the suit with less padding each year since then. In fact Jeannie (Mrs. Santa) may have to take it out a bit next year.In
1980 SRHA put on its first NATRC sanctioned ride. The rides were put on annually until 1991. The name of the rides was changed the last few years to the Dale Edgar Memorial ride after the passing of Dale.
In the December 1983 newsletter the 1982-1983 editors, Sue and Dick Burriss passed along the duty to Karel Waugh with this statement, "We acknowledge the warning of our predecessors, the Hilsts, that one year was to little and two years too much." Our present editor, Sally Francy has hung in there for 8 years now. In fact to be exact, since the November 1989 issue, the issue just after the Loma Prieta Earthquake.
Vince Viverito's closing statement: "Well that concludes our little walk down memory lane. I would just like to say that SRHA has been for all of us a club to make lifetime friendships, a family of sorts. It will always provide a source of getting together and sharing life's experiences".
...saw Gymkhanas as the major ring activity of our club. In 1976 we had 100 entries for an April playday. The 18 and over men's competition was usually the highlight of the day in both Barrel Racing and Keyhole events. Young hotshots such as Jonce Thomas, Dick Rose, Ron Parker, Vince Viverito, Bob Waugh, Paul Fischer, Dave Hilst, Steve Bavilacqua, Dick Burriss, always put on a GREAT show. Competition was fierce but friendly with each participant always cheering on his fellow competitors.
...baseball game between the LPVFD and SRHA was in 1969 and continued until 1990. The losing team had to pay for the keg of beer that was consumed both during the game and at the party that followed. A game was scheduled for 1991 but since the SRHA team was now a bunch of "old fogies" playing against the "young bucks" of the LPVFD and their Division of Forestry "ringers," only Firemen showed up for the game.
Speaking of "old fogies" an article from the Jr. editor of the SRHA newsletter in 1978 referred to "Mr. Fischer, Mr. Viverito, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Waugh as "those old fogies" We were all in our 30's then.
The clubs first overnight was in 1971 and over 30 riders actually road horses to T. E. Schmidt's property on Mt. Bache Road. Back then we slept in sleeping bags on the ground and usually told jokes around the campfire until the wee hours of the morning.
How many of us remember when the Senior Ride and Dine was the Senior Overnight with horses. The Chuckwagon was hauled to our camp sight as was gear for the campers.
The Chuckwagon, incidentally, was built by charlie Norman in 1973 and is still used at the arena during ring events.
In 1975 a 3-day Labor Day ride to Diane Uchytil's on Larkin Valley Road had 28 riders. They rode 25 miles to the campsite plus a 12-mile round trip to the beach for day riding. Vince was in charge of cooking the spaghetti and the water wouldn't boil!
...a letter from the Division of Highways in response to a request from SRHA for a hike/bike/ride path to be incorporated into the construction of the "new" highway 17 overpass, said "It would be an improper expenditure of public funds to build a hiking and riding trail on the structure at this time since expected traffic will be very light and any present day hikers or riders could use the structure in comparative safety." A campaign was also started to get a pathway along Summit road. This was completed in the early 70's from the Villa to
Loma Prieta Ave.
Traffic conditions in the late 60's and early 70's was such that Doris Sermon and Maryetta Stebbins rode (on horseback) from the area of San Jose-Soquel road where Joan Phrommhagen now lives to their respective homes on Summit road (Try that today!!!).
The picture above is of club members building the Summit Rider's present arena.
Some of the past Presidents and the years they served are listed below
This is a brief history recounted by Karel Waugh and Vince Viverito to the club members at a reunion in 1998 celebrating the club’s first 30 years.
The club was formed in 1967 by charter members Obie and Anne Morris, Charlie and Robbie Norman, Ted and Joan Parson, Ed and Doris Sermon, Richard and Maryetta Stebbins, Paul and Genna Muller, Jim and Lenore Caudill and Earl and Pat Mesloh. Micky and Ward Sanford were unable to attend the meeting setting the founding members but were also part of the initial group.
Obie Morris served as first president and served 2 terms, 1968 and 1969.
Summit Rider past presidents were: 1970 Eddy Lopez, 1971 Richard Stebbins, 1972 Don Jeske, 1973 Maryetta Stebbins, 1974 Ted Ducca, 1975 Carroll Blackstock, 1976, 1977 and 1992 Karel Waugh, 1978, 1979 and 1987 Vince Viverito, 1980 Gerry Alonzo, 1981 Dale Edgar, 1982 Kay Johnson, 1983, 1984 Bob Waugh, 1985, 1986 Steve Bavilacqua, 1987 Vince Viverito, 1988, 1989 Becky Lowe, 1990, 1991 Lorna Steele, 1992 Karel Waugh, 1993, 1994 Connie Goddard, 1995 Doris Sermon, 1996, 1997 Charlotte Smothers, 1998 Ellen Carter.
The club acquired its name at the general meeting of January 1968. Six names were voted on with Summit Riders received 15 votes. The name was changed at the May general meeting to Summit Riders Horseman's Association. The runners up each received 10 votes. They were Ridge Runners and Loma Prieta Horseman's Association.