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Organizing equestrians....can it be done???  GaTrail
 Jun 08, 2003 08:12 PDT 

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Dee,

My goal with this line was to hopefully get folks talking...trying

to come up with answers. Yes, equestrians are independent and do
tend to operate in small groups. The goal is to try and get these
small groups under the umbrella of representation of a larger group
(Their states Horse Council...and then in turn under the US
Equestrian Trails Coalition (part of the American Horse Council).
Even the show people have members that take their horses out on
trails for a break from the ring. The Indiana Equestrian Trails
Assoc. have association membership that include show people and
breed organizations, has anyone approached these groups in your area
to ask if they are interested or do we just assume that since they
are show people they don't need to be concerned.    
Many National Forest, WMA, Corp Property work hand in hand with
volunteer organizations. Visit the local office of the trails you
ride on ask if you and your organization can help clear trails,
maintain trails even build trails (with the proper education). Here
in Ga. we required a crewleader who has been certified through a
four day course on trail design/construction/maintenance and
crewleadership (taught by Ga's Trail Specialist...who also will
travel to assist other groups in spreading the knowledge of
trails). As far as the conferences...your right not everyone can
attend....but groups can send representatives, allow them to
network and make contacts with other representatives and land
managers...come up with solutions and ideas on how we as the
equestrian community can come together in support of "Horses on
Trails". Develop a trails coalition in your own state...working
possibly with the Horse Council...divide down into smaller districts
with representation from various clubs at these meetings...open
lines of communication with these various clubs thru email. Somehow
we must start talking and get away from the concept of individual
groups...
Thanks again for your thoughtful response....We can do this together
but we have to make it important....the more people working on this
the less we all have to do to make something wonderful happen.
Sharon




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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face=Arial><span style='font-size:12.0pt;
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Arial'>,</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><tt><font size=2 face="Courier New"><span style='font-size:
10.0pt'>My goal with this line was to hopefully get folks talking...trying </span></font></tt></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face="Courier New"><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:"Courier New"'>to<tt><font face="Courier New"> come up with
answers.  Yes, equestrians are independent and do </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">tend to operate in small groups.  The goal is
to try and get these </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">small groups under the umbrella of representation
of a larger group </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">(Their states Horse Council...and then in turn
under the US </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">Equestrian Trails Coalition (part of the American
Horse Council). </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">Even the show people have members that take their
horses out on </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">trails for a break from the ring.  The
Indiana Equestrian Trails </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">Assoc. have association membership that include
show people and </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">breed organizations, has anyone approached these
groups in your area </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">to ask if they are interested or do we just assume
that since they </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">are show people they don't need to be
concerned.    </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">Many National Forest, WMA, Corp Property work hand
in hand with </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">volunteer organizations.  Visit the local
office of the trails you </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">ride on ask if you and your organization can help
clear trails, </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">maintain trails even build trails (with the proper
education).  Here </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">in </font></tt></span></font><tt><font size=2
face="Courier New"><span style='font-size:10.0pt'>Ga.</span></font></tt><tt><font
size=2 face="Courier New"><span style='font-size:10.0pt'> we required a
crewleader who has been certified through a </span></font></tt><font size=2
face="Courier New"><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New"'><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">four day course on trail
design/construction/maintenance and </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">crewleadership (taught by Ga's Trail Specialist...who
also will </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">travel to assist other groups in spreading the
knowledge of </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">trails).  As far as the conferences...your
right not everyone can </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">attend....but groups can send representatives,
allow them to </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">network and make contacts with other representatives
and land </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">managers...come up with solutions and ideas on how
we as the </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">equestrian community can come together in support
of "Horses on </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">Trails".  Develop a trails coalition in
your own state...working </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">possibly with the Horse Council...divide down into
smaller districts </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">with representation from various clubs at these
meetings...open </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">lines of communication with these various clubs
thru email.  Somehow </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">we must start talking and get away from the
concept of individual </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">groups...</font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">Thanks again for your thoughtful response....We
can do this together </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">but we have to make it important....the more
people working on this </font></tt><br>
<tt><font face="Courier New">the less we all have to do to make something
wonderful happen.</font></tt><br>
</span></font><tt><font size=2 face="Courier New"><span style='font-size:10.0pt'>Sharon</span></font></tt><tt><font
size=2 face="Courier New"><span style='font-size:10.0pt'> </span></font></tt></p>

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