The Border Town Ladies of HOG (Harley Owners Group) is always looking for new members and director Donna Schmid said you don’t have to have a lot of riding experience to sign up.
“Coming into the group, I had zero riding experience,” she said. “I just kind of went with the ladies, they’re there to help you, direct you, to guide you.”
Schmid was only with the group for six months when they suggested she take the reins as director. She said she loves the position and enjoys getting the girls together to ride. In the beginning, she was ignorant to the fact that there were even women riders out there, figuring it was more of a guy thing.
“Knowing that, I went into a group where there were actual women riders, we had our own sub-group underneath the Harley Owners Group, was ideal,” she said. “I got to meet a lot of great women that way. We just have a lot of fun.”
The Ladies of Harley help out with events like the annual Toy Run and though they often take on their own events and have their own evening rides, they try to do things with the HOG group as a whole.
“We try to ride every Thursday night in the summertime. If men want to come with us, they’re more than welcome to, but we try to basically direct it to the ladies,” said Schmid.
When deciding whether or not to join, Schmid said even she was a little intimidated at first and unsure if it was for her. But after taking the plunge, she was hooked.
“There was always an attraction there to riders and to motorcycles and to the freedom and I, myself, I believe I’m a real go-getter. It was just something that was always on my bucket list and I thought, ‘Try it. If you like it then great. If you don’t, sell your bike and carry on.’”
“So, I tried it and absolutely fell in love with it.”
To sign up all one has to do is buy a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and from there you receive a national number.
“Then through the Border Town HOG group, you get our chapter number and basically you’re part of Ladies of Harley right then and there,” she said.