10 am – Noon
Saturday, November 9th
With Fall upon us, we are celebrating cooler weather with a meet and greet down at the Equestrian Center. Join us Saturday, November 9th anytime from 10 am – Noon for a casual meet and greet of PWS Wranglers and Ranch Horses.
Meet the new members of the PWSHOA team, Alison Ritz and James Leshikar who will be guiding trail rides this Fall and expanding the menu of horse services to also include lessons. All of the ranch horses will be at the barn and you can get to know each one by name and hear more about their personalities. Arena riding will also be available to all visitors. So if you have not ridden before and would prefer a nice introduction to our riding program or a picture with the ranch horses, this is a great opportunity to do so.
Look for an expanded menu of trail rides, lesson opportunities and how to schedule a ride this Fall.
Welcome our two new Weekend Wranglers
Join us in welcoming our two new PWS Weekend Wranglers. Please take a minute to read a little about each of them below. Check the available Trail Rides on the HOA Calendar and email firstname.lastname@example.org to enjoy the Ranch on Horseback and meet Allison and James.
A little about Allison Ritz:
"My name is Alison Ritz. I am 22 years old and currently living in Buchanan Dam, Texas.I was born in Houston and although I was born in the city, I am definitely a country girl at heart. When I was 12 years old, we moved to the beautiful hill country town of Leakey, Texas; population 439. This is when I discovered my love for horses. I began working at a trail riding stable that owned 33 horses, where I was immersed in the horse world and began soaking up all the information I could. By the end of my 5 years there, I was the lead wrangler and running the place at only 18 years old. Since then, I have acquired much more experience working with numerous horse owners, doing various riding clinics and now own a horse of my own; but trail riding is something I have truly missed. That being said, I am very excited about being a part of the team here at Walnut Springs and getting to know each and every one of you!"
A little about James Leshikar:
"I have ridden all my life as my love for horses began at age four. I began competing at age six. I competed with purebred Arabian and Half Arabian horses in the AHA. As a junior rider I had multiple top ten National placings as well as National Championship titles in Saddle Seat, Hunter Seat and Stock Seat Equitation. As an adult rider I began training and showing Andalusian horses. I have six National Championship titles in the IALHA (International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association), four Reserve National Championship titles and was the recipient of the Versatility Award. My titles span all of our divisions including: English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, and Dressage Suitability. Currently I have immersed myself in the amazing world of Dressage. I am working with a Gold medalist several days a week riding several horses in the hopes of one day competing for the United States Equestrian team. I am so excited to be able to share my passion and knowledge with all of you and I very much look forward to helping everyone experience some lovely and fun trail rides!"
2019 -2020 White Tail Deer Harvest
The Preserve at Walnut Springs Homeowners Association is preparing for our 2019-2020 Whitetail Deer Harvest in accordance with our Wildlife Management Plan.
If you or your family would like to participate in the harvest this year:
We are offering “day hunts” that can be scheduled through the HOA Office.
If your family is not participating in the harvest this year, but will be visiting the ranch trails during hunting season, please follow the mandatory Trail Closures for your safety. Trails that cross nearby a hunting blind have a been marked with a chain across the trail and sign noting the trails closure. Trails are closed in the morning and evenings to allow the hunters the opportunity to hunt from the blinds, and are otherwise open from 10-3 daily. If you see an unmanned vehicle, Hunters will often park their vehicle at the entry point of the trail.
General Season begins on November 2nd and runs until January 1st 2019 and Trails will be OPEN from 10am to 3pm daily.
There will be three exceptions during this time frame when the trails will be open without closure:
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
January 2nd to January 15th, 2019 is late season and Trails will be OPEN from 10am to 3pm daily.
Jasmin has been working on mapping the Preserve, available pastures for grazing and rotation purposes, topography and soil analysis across the Preserve. The goal is to use the map for land planning including recreational purposes, grazing and improvements. Follow the link to see what soil is on your property along with, fence lines, and recent improvements on the Ranch.
Ranch Interactive Map
Join Blanco County Master Gardeners and Hill Country Alliance in exploring the grasses of the Texas Hill Country. A Free Grass Field Trip co-sponsored by the AgriLife Extension and LBJ National Historical Park with Master Gardeners will take place Tuesday, October 9th.
The Field Trip will begin at the LBJ Park Event Center with check-in beginning at 12:30 PM. The National Park is in the process of restoring acreage into the mid-grass prairie of our heritage. The Field Trip will conclude at 4:00 PM north of town by the Pedernales River.
Bill Carr, a botanist, an expert on Hill Country flora and co-author of Rare Plants of Texas, A Field Guide will guide the field trip along with Daniel Oppenheimer of Hill Country Alliance and Alex Shane, Resource Manager at the National Park. Chris Wiemers, Extension Agent, will join two Master Gardeners, Susan Evans and Susan Hamm, in guaranteeing that every participant will have a guide nearby.
*The Grass Field Trip is limited to 40 participants to assure everyone has a great, personal experience.*
To register for the Free Grass Field Trip contact the Blanco County AgriLife Extension Office. Sonya Fenton, office secretary, will see that you are registered and provide you with the Grass Field Trip Itinerary. 830-868-7167 email@example.com Sonya Fenton 101E. Cypress Ste. 109, Johnson City
The Texas-style Dugnad has begun!
It was a cold day in the #txhillcountry but it didn’t keep our owners from pitching in for a community work day at the Clubhouse. A Dugnad is a Norwegian word that describes a community or small group of people who come together to perform volunteer work in order to accomplish something that benefits the whole group.
(The irony of today’s weather was not lost on us 😉)
A note from the Preservation & Maintenance of Assets Committee Chair and Dugnad coordinator, Katherine Berntzen:
I would like to thank everyone for volunteering their time during our inaugural Texas Dugnad! While the weather was Norwegian style, we managed to adapt to the cold conditions, making our Clubhouse area nicer. Everyone’s work looked fantastic and passed Quality Control’s final inspection. The Clubhouse area looks loved and cared for. Thank you! Until next time!
Our land stewardship philosophy is the preservation and enhancement of nearly 1,500 acres of open space in a manner that balances conservation with member enjoyment. Current uses of the open space include a small-scale cattle operation, habitat for horses, recreational use of our twenty-two mile trail system, hunting, agricultural production, vital birding habitat, native springs and habitat for numerous native and some exotic species.
The HOA frequently participates in wildlife and habitat improvements in support of its commitment to thoughtful land stewardship of the open space.
Last year the Preserve at Walnut Springs HOA participated in the Land Incentive Program through Texas Parks and Wildlife Division who matches our funding. The goals of this
These goals will be accomplished by implementing the following management practices:
1. constructing fences to exclude feral hogs and livestock from the two spring sites and their associated riparian areas,
2. reducing the cover of baccharis within the lower riparian zone of Cuellar Spring where the baccharis has become dense and is competing with native grasses, desirable shrubs, and herbaceous plants, and
3. reducing the cover of small 'second growth' Ashe juniper growing in the woodland canopy in the head canyons associated with both springs.
The Preserve at Walnut Springs Homeowners Association is preparing for our 2016-2017 Whitetail Deer Harvest in accordance with our Wildlife Management Plan. If your family would like to participate in the harvest this year, please let General Manager Dale Richey know as soon as possible so that we can coordinate a time and date for you. Safety is our highest priority.
If your family is not participating in the harvest this year, but will be visiting the ranch trails during hunting season, please let us know and follow the mandatory Trail Closures for your safety. General Season begins on November 5th and runs until January 1st 2017 and Trails will be CLOSED prior to 10am and after 3pm.
There will be two exceptions during this time frame when the trails will be open without closure:
January 2nd to January 15th, 2017 is late season and Trails will be CLOSED prior to 10am and after 3pm.
Voluntary land stewardship, the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care, is the keystone for preserving the natural resources of Texas. With land in Texas being approximately 95% privately owned, voluntary land stewardship is vital to keeping these resources healthy. It all starts with a Conservation Plan. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural producers have been working with their local soil and water conservation districts for over 75 years receiving technical assistance to develop and implement conservation plans for their operations.
A conservation plan focuses on the specific needs and objectives of the individual producer. Whether that objective is grazing management for livestock, wildlife habitat enhancements, timber management, cropland irrigation efficiency improvements, cover crops for better soil, brush management, or native grass restoration, the Texas agricultural producer faces many challenges head on in an effort to be a good steward. The implementation of some of these conservation practices can be expensive, but the landowner, and ultimately all of Texas, will reap the benefits through sustainable food and fiber along with water quality enhancements.
By Brendan Gibbons STAFF WRITER
AUSTIN — Thousands of acres of private land across Texas and eight Midwestern and Plains states could become better habitat for vulnerable monarch butterflies, thanks to a federal grant program.
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials Friday announced $720 million in funding for 84 projects across the U.S., including $6 million for monarch butterfly preservation in Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The iconic butterfly’s population has dropped from an estimated high of about 1 billion 20 years ago to a low of 20 million before a modest rebound to 34 million today, deputy undersecretary Ann Mills said at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Texas will be the lead state in the project because of its vast amount of private land and its importance for monarchs crossing the state during their annual migration to Mexico from the Upper Midwest and Northeast.
Spring brings warmer temps, longer days, flowering hillsides and fantastic hiking weather. With hunting season officially closed, all the community trails are open and the weather forecast looks pretty delightful for Spring adventures on the ranch!
The Spring season seems to arrive suddenly in Texas, pushing Winter’s chill aside. Days stretch longer and the weather warms as everything from trees to wildflowers explodes into bloom. Spring brings some pretty amazing hiking weather, too, making it one of our favorite seasons at the Preserve.
After a few months of wintery weather and bare-branched trees, sunshine and greener landscapes are a highly welcome change, and warm rays of sunlight on the trail just feel oh-so-good.