ETA NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Reminder--Renew Your ETA Membership for 2021: ETA membership runs on a calendar year. If you haven't done so already, renew your membership today! New members are always welcome. To join or renew click on the JOIN & DONATE tab above.
Our Next Work Day is April 24, 2021: We are working on many equestrian related repairs and improvements at Iroquois Park. Volunteers are needed. Join us on Saturday, 24 April, 9:00 am. We will meet at the barn at 7000 Sanders Gate Rd, Louisville, KY 40219. Bring your gloves, shovel, hammer, rake, water and a snack.
NEW!! Summer Youth Program for 2021: We are excited to announce that ETA will be conducting a summer youth program this year in coordination with the Backside Learning Center and The Buffalo Soldiers of America. The program will be conducted at the equestrian arena at Iroquois Park for 1/2 a day, once a week for 6 weeks, late May to early July (exact dates pending). We are looking for volunteers 18 years and older who have experience handling horses. We also need volunteer horses that are quiet and calm. Each volunteer will receive a stipend of $25 per session; volunteers with horses will receive $40 per session. Interested??? See the program flyer for details...
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR IROQUOIS PARK PROJECT: ETA has expanded the vision for equestrian related improvements at Iroquois Park. We started with a goal to raise $5,500 to replace the dangerous, metal cable fence that runs between the golf course and horse trail at Iroquois Park with a board fence. In addition to replacing the fence, we have added projects to 1) repair and paint the arena fence and announcer's stand, 2) replace the damaged drainage system, install sand footing, repair the fence and add a gate to the round pen, 3) preserve and paint the historic old water trough that now stands near the wash rack, 4) repair the hitching posts at the wash rack, 5) restore and landscape the area around the flag pole where the LMPD monument sits, 6) general clean up and removal of debris and timber all around the equestrian trial head and barn area, and 7) clear debris clogging the culverts and washing out the trail along #9 tee at the golf course. Adding these projects to the list greatly increases the cost and unfortunately funding is not available through Metro Parks at this time, so we need your help! With the help of volunteers like yourself, ETA has already made significant progress on repairs to the arena and round pen, but there is much more to be done! ETA is committed to keeping your horse trails safe and equestrian facilities usable. We are working hard to raise the funds needed for these 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 @gmail.com">@gmail.com.
Equine Trial Sports (ETS) Obstacle Competition 5 June: We are excited to announce that ETA will be conducting the very first ETS event ever held in Louisville, on 5 June, 2021. This event will be held at Iroquois Park and will consist of two competitions, a mounted obstacle course in the arena, and a 5-mile trail competition. Prizes will be awarded in the afternoon following the competition. We will be following CDC guidelines and exercising other safeguards in response to COVID-19. Stay tuned for more information.