Message From The President

July/August/September 2018


It is with great pleasure that we welcome so many of you back to TROD. We have a great year planned and we are already more than half way through it! In May we had a grand time attending the Memorial Day Parade in Wood Dale. If you missed it, the video is on You Tube. The Indepence Day Parade in Warrenville on July 3rd was a great time for all.  We dressed the mini horses in TuTu's and paraded them down the street. TROD was right behind a band and Juan Galvan had his 2 dancing horses in the parade, they were keeping beat to the  music. Thanks again to all of you TROD members who made both of these parades a success. TROD would like to do one more parade in fall of this year. 

Thank you to those of you who participated in the MSAR Mounted Search and Rescue Unit being formed in DuPage County. The class room training took place at the Sheriff's department in Wheaton on Saturday July 28th and the Field training took place the next day at Pratts Wayne woods, north of Army Trail on the east side of Powis. The weather was perfect for the 3 hour field certification and all persons who attended received their certifications along with the horses that participated. If you would like to be part of MSAR, but were not able to attend this last training session, call Nick Grumbos to to register 630-308-3503. Please pass the information onto anyone who might be interested, you do not have to be a TROD member to participate in the MSAR unit. All persons 21 and older are welcome.

TROD would like to participate in the Danada Fall Festival this year, being held on Sunday, October 14, from 11 am-5 pm. We would like to hear your ideas. TROD needs to have presence there as there are about ten thousand persons who attend each year. We would like to do something different this year, like staging a photo with Santa or with a Christmas Pony. What can we do that will create a fun and memorable event? Your ideas are welcome!

The August membership meeting was "Despooking the trail horse" with Maureen Tolemy. It was held on Tuesday August 7th at 7 PM at the Medinah Black Horse Troop barn. The meeting demonstrated different obstacles and exercises, not only de spook your horse, but  to gain trust and grow relationship. We look forward to scheduling play nights, this fall at the MBHT indoor arena. The play nights will be held on a Friday evening. Members can register to participate with their horses as we work through the obstacles together. First come first serve. You can register by email or by phone, or 630-202-6932.

Sharon Nolan

TROD President

In The News

Sunday, September 30, 9:30–10:30 am

Blessing of the Hounds 

Little Home Church by the Wayside 32W128 Army Trail Rd, Wayne
Come join us as we gather to pray for the participants of the  Wayne-DuPage Hunt before they start their first formal hunt of the  season. This is a annual event that will create a fond memory for all  who participate. Come early as parking is scarce and they close the roads to the west of the event until the hunt participants arrive. The  ceremony is about 10 minutes and a car caravan will follow the hunt  participants as they head out.

Tuesday, October 2, 7:00-8:30 pm TROD Meeting - Fireside Chat with Jay Johnson

Danada Equestrian Center 3S507 Naperville Rd, Wheaton
Come join us for our annual meeting with Jay Johnson, Manager of  Site Operations, Community Services & Education. We will be meeting  in the Danada trailer again this year, located between the parking lot and the barn. Bring a treat to roast over the open fire. S'mores will be  provided. Jay will update us with a power point presentation on "What's  New and Changing" in the Du Page County Forest Preserves.

Sunday, October 14, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Danada Fall Festival

Danada Equestrian Center 3S507 Naperville Rd, Wheaton
Join a celebration of the horse and the  season at this annual  event.  Enjoy a parade of breeds, continuous equestrian performances,  hayrides, pony rides, face painting, grooming demonstrations, educational displays, food, and more. Free  admission and parking; fees for some activities. TROD will have a booth  with ponies at this event. Volunteers are welcome, call Sharon Nolan to  sign up,  630-202-6932.

Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm 

Equus Film Festival with Lisa Diersen  

West Chicago Library, 118 W. Washington St., West Chicago (1st floor meeting room off lobby)
Chicago's own Lisa Diersen, founder and director of Equus Film  Festival of New York and co-owner of Royal Lusitano of St. Charles, will  present on her experiences with authors and film directors. The session  features the film, "The Wild Ponies of Chincoteague". After the presentation Lisa will answer questions about the  making of the film.


June 2018 NWSLTR PDF (pdf)


May 2018 NWSLTR PDF (pdf)