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Lake Oswego Hunt 75th anniversary on Sept. 30

Riding club plans day of fun for entire community


by: CLIFF NEWELL - Greatly anticipating LO Hunt's 75th birthday party on Sept 30 are, clockwise from left, manager Katie Purdy, board president Janice Weis and Oatis the miniature horse, club mascot.Horse lovers, people who love horse lovers and all other people are invited to Lake Oswego Hunt’s 75th anniversary celebration on Sept. 30.

The diamond jubilee of the venerable club is a great way to both introduce many local people to LO Hunt and remind others about what a great part of Lake Oswego the club has been for three-quarters of a century. The list of fun stuff includes food, beverages, games, pony rides, live music, vintage cars, a raffle, barn tours, carriage driving, fun booths, and horse demonstrations, from noon to 5 p.m.

“We are getting such great response, even from people who haven’t been out to the club in 20 years,” said Janice Weis, president of the Lake Oswego Hunt Board of Directors. “But many people don’t know about us, so we’re throwing open our doors to the community. We see ourselves as a community treasure.”

The club is looking better than ever, thanks to the efforts of club manager Katie Purdy over the past year. The subtle but effective changes include turnout areas for the horses to romp around, roomier stalls, and better lighting in the great big barn.

“It looks the same but it’s like it’s had a facelift,” Purdy said.

The most popular of Purdy’s projects was transforming the tiny horse Oatis into the club’s mascot, and the lovable little guy has come through big time. He not only gives rides to kids, but he has a great nose for public relations.

Still, the most popular aspect of Lake Oswego Hunt is that it is a throwback to an earlier era, a simpler and more gracious time. Coming to the Hunt Club is like going back to 1937, the year of its founding.

“It looks almost exactly like it did in the 1930s,” Weis said. “It’s amazing that a place like this still exists — 19 acres of open space in the heart of Lake Oswego.”

However, it is widely misunderstood what Lake Oswego Hunt is all about.

“A lot of people think we’re an affluent private club,” Weis said. “We’re not. To survive we need the community to donate money, labor and ideas. This is for people of all ages and it’s very un-snobby. There is a lack of pretense here, and kids learn the work ethic by taking care of horses. The horse is a big animal with a lot of needs, and taking care of them is invaluable in a kid’s life.”

The old club is quite dear to Weis. Her two daughters rode there for years, and even though the youngest girl has gone away to college, Weis still wants to help the club keep going.

“Parents here often stay involved when their kids move way,” Weis said. “It gets into your heart and soul.”

“Anyone can be a member if they care about us being here,” Purdy said. “They can join the day of our anniversary. They can bring their babies, teenagers, anybody.”

Weis added, “We hope people can help us stay here another 75 years.”

One more special attraction of the 75th anniversary celebration will be Adrianne Brockman, who has just completed a history of Lake Oswego Hunt that is full of stories and photos in a booklet form. All proceeds from the booklet sale will go back to the club. That evening Brockman will host a gathering of the Lake Oswego Hunt Alumni Association.

For more about Lake Oswego Hunt’s 75th anniversary celebration go to the website lakeoswegohunt.com .

Lake Oswego Hunt is located at 2725 Iron Mountain Blvd.

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