ETA NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR IROQUOIS PARK PROJECT: ETA is kicking off an effort to raise $5,500 to replace the dangerous, metal cable that runs between the golf course and horse trails at Iroquois Park with a 3-board wood fence, and we need your help! Efforts in the past to have the cable removed or replaced have been unsuccessful. However, working through Olmsted Conservancy, current stakeholders have agreed to a board fence replacement. Unfortunately funding is not available. ETA is committed to keeping your horse trails safe, and is working to raise the funds for this project. Please DONATE NOW!! DONATIONS CAN BE MADE BY CHECK OR PayPal.
MAIL CHECKS TO: EQUINE TRAIL ADVOCATES, 14411 PAULEYS GAP ROAD, LOUISVILLE, KY 40272
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Report Your Trail Maintenance to ETA: You're probably like many of us trail riders who clip limbs, clear fallen branches and pack out other people's trash when you ride without ever giving it much thought. Each time you do something like that, you're actually doing trail maintenance. Because we so often do that work individually, and not as part of an organized group, land managers don't realize how much effort riders put into helping maintain horse trails. We need your help to capture that information and show land managers that we care about our horse trails and we're out there making a difference, even if it's quietly. All you need to do is complete the fillable form at this link and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equine Trial Sports (ETS) Obstacle Competition: We are excited to announce that ETA will be conducting an ETS event in late October. This event will be the finale of the Kentucky buckle series, "Battle in the Bluegrass." Prizes will be awarded in the afternoon for this event, and for the tournament series winners. We will be following CDC guidelines and exercising other safeguards in response to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for more information.
Annual Meeting and Elections: On March 14 ETA held its 2020 annual meeting. The meeting was conducted by teleconference due to restrictions and precautions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Leave No Trace seminar was cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. The results of the elections of ETA Officers follow: Denise O'Meara, President; Richard Schuler, Vice-President; Lisa Hite, Secretary; Shelley Antle, Treasurer & Logistician; Terri Burch, Director; Roxana Reed, Director; and Elizabeth Rapaport, Director. Congratulations and thank you to these new and returning officers. Minutes from the annual meeting are provided.
Olmsted Parks Trail Study: Help Save Our Trails! Contact Olmsted Conservancy today to voice your views and concenrs! The Olmsted Conservancy Foundation is currently conducting a trail study for Iroquois, Seneca and Cherokee Parks. ETS members attended each of the four public meetings held by the Conservancy in Nov 2019. We are very concerned about some of the recommended changes at Iroquois Park they presented at the meetings. Two of our top concerns are 1) bringing mountain bikes onto the trails at Iroquois and 2) eliminating horses from the 1-mile loop behind the LMPD Mounted Patrol barn, which would change the equestrain trail from a loop to an out-and-back trail, as there would be no other access to return to the equestrian trailhead. On Dec 2, 2019 ETA sent a letter to Major Waltman, the project manager, expressing these and other concers. You can read the full ETA letter at this link. Feel free to use the ETA letter to help write your comments about the trail study. Click on the red button to e-mail your comments directly to Major Waltman, the Project Manager for the study.