Southern Trailriders AssociationOUR MISSION IS:
- To promote and develop public equestrian trails and related facilities throughout the southern United States
- To promote an active interest in equestrian trail riding
- To facilitate legislation, rules, ordinances and polices which promote equestrian trails
- To encourage the compatibility of equestrian trails with natural resource conservation
- To educate the general public in regards to equestrian recreational activities
And to enjoy trail riding!
Well, we sure had a busy September with STA work on future trails and securing our interests on existing ones!
Our support for the Thornton Road Extension in the Micco- sukee Greenway has been communicated to the Governor and Cabinet. We were not scheduled for the cabinet meeting in August, but were set for September 20th. However, just days before the meeting the item was pulled and no future date has been scheduled. There is concern that the issue has become political fodder between the Governor and the City of Tallahassee. You likely saw some of this friction over the City’s response following Hurricane Hermine. We will keep you posted and continue to hope that for the good of the community and trail users, the revamped trail head will be allowed to move forward with the land exchange between the City and State.
Leon County is moving forward with its plans for the Phase 1 trail head at the St. Marks Headwaters Greenway (Baum Road). It will be about a year before we can expect to be able to ride the just under 4 miles of equestrian trails there. We attended two hearings so far on the issue and have written a […]
It’s 8 a.m. – I walk out to load my mare, Sadie, for the first Sunday ride for STA in quite a while. (Remember the questionnaire you filled out last year on what you wanted to see STA do for members? Some wanted rides on Sunday because of work schedules.) It’s 75 degrees already but this is no worry because Ron has chosen a shady route that is a little different from what we usually take. As I drive down US 90 toward town, I see a horse trailer up in front of me. There are two horses in it – small; Paso Finos, I think. I got excited thinking they were coming on our ride, but, alas, they turned toward Alford Arm! It made me wonder who would be joining us for this Sunday ride.
When I arrived at the trailhead, Ron was already there and had just unloaded his mule, Minnie. We talked for a few minutes and he, too, was wondering how many people would show up. Next came Charlotte with her gelding, Dakota; then Doel with her mare, Snippy. Things were looking up, I thought! Next […]
Eight folks showed up for the Alford Arms ride on Saturday, 9/17 ready for a fun day. Riders and horses were Sharon on Cricket, Herb H. on General, Doell on Snippy, Ron on Mini; Herb R. on Buddy, Sue on Sadie, Pam on Flashy and Laura on Jewel. I thought it would be a good idea to avoid the large downed tree on the single track trail near the railroad tracks, so we started down the field first. The plan was to cut in later to join up with the single track trail. Well……best laid plans, right? The first cut had a very large hole in the trail that a couple of horses went over, but one did not, so we turned around and went back out to the field. The next cut was eventually blocked by downed trees, sooooo…we turned around and went back out to the field. By now everybody is joking that it’s not your normal trailride, but what does it hurt having a little adventure. (Well, hopefully “everybody” was thinking that). Finally the next cut, we managed to get around another downed tree and then trekked on, […]