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.
West Point Annual Trail Ride, Sep 25 & 26: The community of West Point is once again graciously opening public and private lands to equestrians as part of their Hike, Bike, Paddle and Gallop event. Trails will be open Saturday, Sep 25th and Sunday, Sep 26 beginning at 8:00 am. All riders must complete the course by 4:00 pm as there is another event scheduled on the private property in the evening. Please use this link to register to ride and sign the liability waiver. This is a fun and limited opportunity to ride in historic West Point. Please come out and show your support! (coming)
Short Trail Work Day and Trail Ride on Oct 9, 2021: We're planning a short (1.5 - 2 hour) work day, immediately followed by a fun, all breed trail ride at Jefferson Memorial Forest, Paul Yost Trailhead. Volunteer workers are always needed, and greatly appreciated. You do not need to be an ETA member or an equestrian to volunteer with us, you only need a desire to sustain and protect our public trails and land. Bring your gloves, loppers, hand saws, water and snack. Trail work will begin at, 9:00 am, and we'll ride out around 11:30 for the trail ride. Join us for both events, or either one--both are open to the public!
ETA Poker Ride Nov 13: We will hold an End of the Year Poker Ride and lunch at Iroquois Park on Nov 13 at the Equestrian Trailhead, 1700 Sanders Gate Rd. There is no charge for the poker ride; however, donations for ETA will be accepted. This event is open to all breeds, and equestrians of all ages and disciplines, so bring your family and friends and come have a good time!
ETA Annual Meeting & Election of Directors Nov 13: After the poker ride, we will hold our annual meeting. There will be a short business meeting, followed by the election of ETA Directors. Anyone who has been an ETA member for 12 consecutive months prior to the date of the elections is eligible to run for the office of Director at large. There are three (3) Directors at large on the ETA Board of Directors. If you are interested in running, or want to nominate someone to run, for a Director position, please send that information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ETA-BLC Youth Horsemanship Program: The Youth Horsemanship Program, conducted in coordination with the Backside Learning Center, was a huge success! The 6-session program was held at the equestrian arena at Iroquois Park throughout the month of June. Thirteen kids, ages 8-15, attended lessons provided by over 20 volunteers and over half a dozen horses. Most of the kids had never seen a horse up close before attending this program. They learned horse related safety, grooming, how to lead a horse, how to steer and control a horse, and how to ride. I'm not sure who had the most fun, the kids or the volunteers! Pictures and a video of the event can be seen in the photo gallery tab under Community Events. The Backside Learning Center is a 501(c)3, not-proit organization that provides services to families who work at Churchill Downs.
UPDATE ON IROQUOIS PARK PROJECTS:
Already this year, ETA's work to sustain trails and facilities in Metro Parks is valued at $14,734.21, with most of the focus at Iroquois Park. ETA volunteers have worked 210 hours valued at $8,870.80, we've spent $5, 643 to replace the cable fence between the trail and Iroquois Golf Course, and paid $220.41 for paint and materials for other repairs at Iroquois Park.
Cable Fence Replacement: ETA is beyond thrilled to announce that we have recently completed the project to replace the dangerous, metal cable fence that ran between the golf course and horse/hiking trail at Iroquois Park with a board fence. ETA has been working on this initiative for over a year, fundraising, planning and negotiating with the various stake holders. We're so excited to have finally completed this project which makes the trails safer and more attractive for all trail users, and golfers as well. Six hundred and twenty-seven feet (627') of fence was installed at a cost of $5,643. Thanks to everyone who contributed money and time to this project!
Round Pen: With the exception of a couple of boards that need to be replaced, repairs on the round pen at the equestrian trailhead have been completed and the round pen is available for your use. ETA replaced the damaged drainage system, re-graded the sand footing, repaired the fence and added a gate to the round pen. Please remember to close the gate after you use the round pen.
Restroom Repair: ETA cleaned, repaired and painted the restrooms inside the barn so they can be used for events at the equestrian center (requires a Special Use Permit approved by Metro Parks). ETA has already used the restrooms for two events held this summer, the Youth Horsemanship Program and the Equine Trail Sports competition.
Paddock Clean Up: In the paddock area behind the barn, ETA removed all the old electric fencing, requested forestry to remove a very large fallen tree, and asked grounds keeping to mow the paddock. All has been done.
Debris Removal: ETA volunteers did a general clean up and removal of debris and timber all around the equestrian trailhead and barn area.
Repair of Access Road and Parking Area: Rock was provided by Metro Parks and heavy equipment was brought in by ETA volunteers to repair the access road and parking area that runs from the road to the arena, then extends right to the large parking lot. That area was full of pot holes and rutted areas. Our volunteers did a fantastic job of repairing that entire area and making it safer for horse trailers to travel on.
Clear Culverts: Debris had collected in, and was clogging, the culverts beside the trail near #9 tee at the golf course. Since the water could not flow through the culverts, it has been gushing over the trail and has caused significant erosion. Metro Parks said the culverts needed to be cleaned out before they would come out to assess the damage and evaluate a solution. ETA volunteers again rose to the challenge and, on a pretty muddy day, removed all the debris to clear the culverts. We are awaiting word from Metro Parks on the plan for repair.
Trail Repair: Volunteers hauled rock to repair one of the areas on the trail that stays muddy most of the year, especially in the winter and spring. After repairing the area, it was top dressed with manufactured sand to provide safe footing for all trail users.
Additional Projects Pending: 1) replace roof on the barn before large holes cause further damage, 2) replace damaged boards and paint the arena fence and announcer's stand, 3) replace the rocking bridge in the area that has become unserviceable 4) preserve and paint the historic old water trough that now stands near the wash rack, 5) repair the hitching posts at the wash rack, 6) restore and landscape the area around the flag pole where the LMPD monument sits. The cost of the pending projects is significant. ETA has just spent $5,643 to replace the old cable fence, 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 email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org