ETA NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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.
Equine Trial Sports (ETS) Obstacle Competitions Rescheduled: In response to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the planned ETS competitions have be rescheduled to Saturday, 11 July 2020. ETA will host two ETS obstacle competitions at Iroquois Park in Louisville, KY. One event will be a 5-mile Trail Competition that will take riders through the equestrian trails where they will encounter judged obstacles along the way. The other event will be a mounted obstacle course set up in the arena. In both events, competitors may select the level of difficulty they and their equine partner will perform when they reach each obstacle. This is a rapidly growing sport in the Kentuckiana area. Bring your friends and family and come join in the fun and meet new friends!! Click the button to register or learn more about the events.
Proceeds from these events will be used for projects ETA is coordinating with land managers, such as placing port-a-potties and mounting blocks at trailheads, improved trail signage, arena improvements & maintenance, and much more!
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.