2009 CT Renegades Banquet
Wow! What an outstanding end to a great season. Atmosphere, great food and service, happy cowgirls and cowboys of all ages, elegant Victorian ladies and gentlemen, music, dancing, big screen slide show, awards, recognitions and good humored “roasts” all added up to a terrific evening.
The Old Well Tavern banquet room’s décor of wood and tiffany style lights were enhanced with saddles, wagon wheels, holsters, hides and other western items. Each table had programs containing names of sponsors and countless individuals who make our matches happen and a small cone with a balloon. It was mighty tempting-but all pistols had to be checked outside. Bonnie turned in her long guns shortly after she got Kenny to do a quick step!
Appetizers and beverages were served at 5:30 pm. Everyone got caught up and admired each other’s outfits. At 6:30, the staff served a fabulous buffet of prime rib, fish, mixed vegetables, salad, pasta, potatoes and bread. The guests ate and watched the slide show on the large screen, while DJs Kurt and Ali Forsyth kept the music low enough for good conversation.
After dinner, the awards began with Karin Page, a shooter in New Hampshire and administrator of the AQHA Region Six Mounted Shooter Award Program, presenting the Connecticut riders their prizes. Pat Aresco was third, Ali Forsyth was second and Roger Dinsmore was first. Her charming children, Liberty and Lexington assisted.
Roger Dinsmore received a plaque naming him the second CT Renegade inducted into the Hall of Fame. Roger started the CT Renegades in 2005 and continues to be its president and the sinew that holds it together and the spark that keeps it growing. He runs clinics and gives lessons to help new folks get into the sport. Hall of Famers get their picture on the banquet cake. His was a typical sight-Roger racing down the rundown of a rifle stage riding Booger.
Then buckles were awarded to the club’s winners of the Regionals and State Championships. At the Regional, Pat Aresco won Ladies 2, Roger Dinsmore won Men’s 3, and Cindy Karp won Ladies 3 in full classes. The Overall buckle went to Bruce Tolhurst. Ali Forsyth won the buckle for Top Cowgirl. At the State Championships, Heather Hicks earned the Ladies 1 buckle, and Pat Aresco earned the Ladies 2 buckle by winning in full classes. Ali won Top Cowgirl again.
Special Dedication plaques were presented to:
Carolyn Rogers for all her time spent scheduling, transporting and supervising the balloon runners and chuck wagon for all home matches
Carolyn Stearns for announcing at all home matches and helping with the benefit
Jen Seymour for providing a site for our matches and helping with stalls, camping and inevitable problems.
In addition, Cindy Karp was awarded a plaque for Sharpshooter. She had the best percentage of hits for the season. Gus Carlson was awarded the Silver Spurs Award for helping everyone with whatever they need done-trailer towing, belt buckling, Range Master, stage set-up and more. Special thanks went to Judy Carpenter and Jo-An Boehm for their commitment to scoring at every home and some away matches in all kinds of weather! They received and Associate membership to CMSA. Roger shared his personal gratitude with his four right hand gals, Lisa, Joan, Judy and Jo-An with a colorful bouquet of flowers. The Best Dressed guests at the banquet, Cheryl Cleaves and Eric Roy received top honors and a $40 certificate toward a CT Renegades match. Runners up were Jeff Cleaves and Laura DeMaio.
The banquet committee came up with a new award to honor a special equine. The “Eternal Sorrel Bar” award will be given to an equine that has made outstanding contributions to the sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting. It is named for the first recipient, better known as Turbo. Turbo’s family received a plaque including his picture.
No banquet is complete without a “roast” or two. Mark Rizzo was a good sport about Roger getting on his case for influencing the cancellation of the Sat. match at the Regional weekend. Then Bronco Billy Hurst just had to tease Gus Carlson by way of Bonnie Tyler (She has a reputation for comedic stories.) Is seems “Old Cus” has his own reputation for being a “Cowboy Casanova”! That was a perfect lead-in to the dancing!
Many thanks go to the banquet committee: Roger Dinsmore, Lisa Dinsmore, Bronco Billy Hurst, Gus Carlson, Steve Brown, Jo-An Boehm, Laurie Bertrand, Ali Forsyth, Joan Davis and Bruce Tolhurst.
2008 CT Renegades Banquet
2008 CT Renegades Banquet As folks started arriving at the Old Well Tavern in Simsbury, CT, the room warmed with the hugs and smiles of members and friends gathering to celebrate the end of a busy shooting season and the anticipation of the next. True to our roots, almost everyone was dressed in 1880’s or Victorian outfits. The impartial judges gave the Best Dressed for the evening award to Mary Mugnai and Tim Stearns with Lee Shaw and Richard Karp close seconds. They received cash and gifts.
Ali Forsyth is a pro at putting dinners together. She arranged this one starting with hot and cold appetizers followed by a buffet of rolls, beef, fish, pasta, salad and potatoes. Kurt Forsyth provided music for dining and dancing that appealed to all age groups. Bruce Tolhurst produced a keepsake program thanking the many people and the generous sponsors who helped last season. The room was decorated with western art and gear by Ali, Roger Dinsmore, Laurie Bertrand, Joan Davis, Judy Carpenter and Jo-An Boehm. Carolyn Stearns entertained with another wonderful story, this one about an animated rope! Certificates, checks and Cowboy by Choice gifts were awarded to the Best Dressed for the season.
The banquet guests voted on their reservation form and chose Best Dressed Cowgirl, Lisa Dinsmore and Best Dressed Cowboy, Roger Dinsmore! The Sharpshooter (as calculated by Bruce using shoot records) received a check and gift. Congrats to Sharpshooter, Roger Dinsmore! The Most Improved Horse and Rider Team was determined by past records and committee vote and received a beautiful throw by Cowboy by Choice. Congrats to Most Improved Horse and Rider Team, Arwen and Heather Hicks! The Gold Dust Award is given to the member who acquires the most sponsor support in cash and prizes. Congrats to Prospector, Lisa Dinsmore! The Silver Spurs Award is given to the member who exemplifies the Cowboy Way with good sportsmanship and a willingness to do whatever job that needs doing. Congrats to Cowgirl, Ali Forsyth!
Also recognized for their generous help were: Billy Hurst, Jen Seymour, Lisa and Roger Dinsmore and Cindy and Richard Karp for providing arenas Pinkerton, Bruce Tolhurst, for recruiting and scheduling Range Masters for all home matches Head Wrangler, Mark Rizzo, for leading the drill team at the Regional and Four Town Fair Judy Carpenter for scoring at every home match Jo-An Boehm for timing at every home match Carolyn Rogers for recruiting, transporting, training and supervising the Balloon Runners at all home matches The “icing on the cake” came as a total surprise to Joan Davis as she was recognized for contributing to the growth of the club since its inception with induction into the new CT Renegades Hall of Fame. She was honored with a plaque and picture (on Cherokee) on the cake.
THE FIRST BANQUET - 2007
Sat., Nov. 17, 2007 When you stepped into Reno’s Gathering Room, you stepped back in time to the 1880’s. Cowboys sporting flashy vests and rags were escorting ladies in velvet, satin and lace wearing hats and gloves. The Saloon décor was charming and fitting with the poker table, saddle, coat rack, fence and so much more.
2007 Ramrod Award went to Roger Dinsmore! He received a framed collage. The “Trailer Fund” was started in his honor. Members have donated $400 from their own pockets to put toward a small box trailer to transport and store match equipment. Carolyn Stearns entertained with two stories about characters strangely similar to some of our club members. Rachel Antonucci snapped and printed photos. Carolyn Rogers’ scrapbook made its debut. Buckles were awarded. Gifts were given to the Longrider, Joe Mugnai, the antique cowboy, Ed Geigner, the antique cowgirl, Joan Davis and the Greenhorn (youngest), Tim Stearns. 2007 Best Dressed Cowgirl is Cindy Karp! 2007 Best Dressed Cowboy is Roger Dinsmore! 2007 Sharpshooter is Bruce Tolhurst!
Reno and his team fed the crowd the best beef and fish with fixin’s. DJ Jane Lovett played great dance and karaoke tunes. Talents other than riding and shooting were set free. Tail feathers were a-shakin’. Voices were a-croonin’.