Quarterly Meeting at Fort Braden – Oct 28th

Ride at 10am, Quarterly Meeting at 12:30

We will ride for about 2 hours and then meet at the picnic tables for lunch and a short meeting. Lunch will be provided but please bring your own beverage. RSVP to Wendy Trawick 850-509-3913 so we know how much food to provide.

The new design STA logo shirts will be available in both long and short sleeve styles for purchase.

Directions: From Tallahassee: Go west 8.7 miles on Highway 20 from Capital Circle Southwest. En-trance road will be on the right. There is a $2.00 entree fee for each person riding with an honor system envelope box on your left.

Quarterly Meeting and Pool Party!

Join us for some fun in the sun! The fun starts at 2:00PM so bring your swimsuit and cool off in the pool! Dinner will be served at 5:00PM. We are asking that you bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert, depending on the first letter of your last name. If your last name begins with A—D, please bring an appetizer. E—R: bring a side dish. S—Z: bring a dessert. Spiral ham, Iced tea, and water will be provided. Please RSVP via text or voicemail to Wendy Trawick at 850-509-3913 or wendy.trawick@gmail.com. Ask Wendy for directions.

Benefit Poker Ride Scheduled for Saturday May 6th

We will be holding a benefit Poker Run Ride on Saturday May 6th at the Rivers Road trailhead of the Apalachicola National Forest to raise money for Rainbow’s Edge Training Stable.  Registration fee is $10 per person and lunch will be available for purchase after the ride.  We will also have a Derby Hat contest since it is Kentucky Derby Day!

December President’s Message

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!

Tis the season to remember those we love, and gather together to celebrate the holidays. I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful year, made new friends and been able to share the trails with your horse or mule. We are very blessed to have weather that allows riding for the majority of the calendar year, and especially blessed with mild winters.

The leaves have fallen, covering some of our trails but also exposing some trail cleanup that is needed.

The Apalachicola National Forest Trail Clean-up event is set for March 4th, at 8 a.m. followed by a hosted lunch. Be saving your empty horse feed bags for us to fill with trash. We make a statement when bag after bag of horse feed is added to the trash collected versus those from non-equine groups. We will be scheduling a trail maintenance at Fort Braden Trails too, as the East Loop has a couple of spots where the trail signs are not visible.

By now you should have received your invitation to our Annual Dinner on Saturday, January 7th, at the Leon County Horsemen’s

Association Building. The social is at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. It is a bring your own booze but STA will furnish water, tea, soft drinks and coffee. STA is also furnishing the meat, both turkey and ham, as well as plates, cups, napkins and silverware. You are asked to bring a dish to share based upon your last name. Board Members are bringing des- serts as well as door prizes. Hopefully, we will have a good turnout, but do be sure to RSVP so we know how many tables and chairs to set up. The cost is $5.00 per person.

Finally, thank you for the opportunity to have served as your President for 2016. I am proud of our accomplishments: the growth in our membership, expansion of trail rides to days other than Saturday mornings, and non- riding fellowship events. All of these things were requested by the members at our January 2016 Annual Meeting. Our trail rides are attracting a larger number of riders, enough that we break into 2-3 groups. It has been rewarding to see riders enjoying the fellowship of other trail riding equestrians along one of our many trail locations, all because a group of riders 26 years ago identified a need to join their voices to seek areas to ride our horses. Our region has grown in population, with pressures for non- equine uses on our public lands. I am so thankful that those founding members formed Southern Trailriders Association, and that as we move into our 27th year, our organization has the opportunity to add even more riding locations, such as the St. Marks Headwaters Greenway, Torreya State Park and the Upper St. Marks River Corridor.

Happy Trails!

 

Janet

November President’s Message

Are you enjoying your saddle time in this cooler, drier weather? I sure am. We have had more riders join our Association and our rides, which is wonderful to see. The Halloween Costume Ride brought out the imagination of our members and our thanks to Lyn for sponsoring the prizes awarded.

We have more rides scheduled, such as our Black Friday Ride at Fort Braden Trails led by yours truly. More rides are listed in our calendar, so check them out.

New trails are in the works as well, such as the St. Marks Headwaters Greenway. The proposed equestrian trail had located off Baum Road, between Buck Lake Road and Capitol Road had its final review November 2nd, and now will take about 90 days for construction bids, then another 4-5 months allowed for construction. We will let you know when it is open and ready to ride. Our Annual Meeting is set, and it will be at the Leon County Horseman’s Association Building again, on Saturday, January 7th, 2017. Social at 5p.m., and dinner at 6 p.m. We ask members to bring a dish for the event. The membership has been divided alphabetically by last name for appetizers, salads and vegetable, both hot and cold. Board Members will bring desserts and the STA will furnish the meat, both ham and turkey, as well as tableware. Bring your own beverages! The cost is $5.00 per person, to cover the building rental, meat and decorations. Invitations will be mailed soon. Sharon Haughton is chairing the event with the help of Megan Altavilla, Jud Curtis and Wendy Trawick. As always, new officers will be elected as well as members to serve on your Board of Directors.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so thankful for the work of STA and its founding mem- bers in their work to provide us with so many great places to ride in our area.

Happy Trails!
Janet

October President’s Message

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 letter of support for the proposed project. Most of the people attending the second hearing were interested in the playground area that will be part of Phase 2. Construction of Phase 2 isn’t expected until 2018 because of the wetlands and environmental permits.

We are already discussing plans for our Annual Meeting in January. We will have more details on that next month but if you have an interest to serve on the Board of Directors or as an officer of STA, please let a current board member know.

Finally, the temperatures are dropping and the air is drying out which means one thing: time to join us on rides! We have set the ride schedule for the rest of 2016. There is a fun event for Halloween too where you get to dress us your horse and/or yourself. So load up your horse and come ride with STA.

Happy Trails!

Janet

Board Meeting Date Changed Due to Storm

The September board meeting will be moved to Wednesday, September 14th at 6:30.

2016 Summer Social

What a glorious day for a pool party! A steady arrival of folks started at 3:00pm sharp! Some came early to float in the pool, and others arrived just in time for the feast! The weather was warm with a few light rain showers, but the sun stayed out and there was no thunder so we stayed in the pool! We had a few snacks before dinner and continued to “float” and listen to music. The food that people brought was off the chain! Some of which I must mention: Lyn’s sweet potato casserole and Luanne’s special blueberry cheesecake. Several familiar faces were there that I hadn’t seen in a while, like Wendy and Barry BoVee. I also had the pleasure to meet Ron’s wife Ann, and Wanda’s husband, Randy. It was really great to get together and enjoy each others’ company. Many of us were making plans for upcoming trail rides and looking forward to cooler weather.

I would like to especially thank the folks that showered me with gifts! It was a very nice surprise, and two of the gifts were actually home-made which makes them even more special. I know I had a wonderful time! — Wendy

Saturday afternoon started out with a quick rain shower, but fortunately it cleared and became a perfect day for a summer swim/social party. Many of us enjoyed lounging in the Trawick’s beautifully landscaped pool while others enjoyed munching snacks on the spacious deck. And of course dinner was delicious – we enjoyed spiral cut ham, along with a wide variety of side dishes and yummy desserts. Next time you see Linda V. ask her about her special experience at the party☺. Thanks again to Wendy and Curt for opening up your house to all of us. A great time was had by all!!! — Sharon

Opening for a New Board Member

Terri Stallings resigned her position as Secretary on the Southern Trailriders Association Board of Directors. Under the By Laws of our organization, the Board shall appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of the term until the Annual Meeting and Election of Officers is held.

If you are a member in good standing (dues current), are available for monthly board meetings, held presently at The Other Seineyard, Tharpe and N. Monroe Streets, dinner 5:30 p.m., meeting 6:30 p.m., first Wednesday of the month, able to take and prepare minutes of monthly board meetings as well as at membership meetings and willing to participate in STA events, please let me or another Board Member know. Board meetings generally last 1.5 hours but sometimes extend to 2 hours.

We would like to fill the vacant board position before the August 3rd meeting if possible.

As you know, STA is 26 years old and foremost the leader in the Big Bend Region for advocating for equestrian riding opportunities. We put our words into action through trail maintenance and pursuit of new trail opportunities. We host rides usually twice a month except in the heat of summer, and then we try to come up with other events that our members can enjoy. If you would like to join us on the Board of Directors, we would welcome hearing from you. Members are always welcome to attend the monthly Board of Directors Meeting as well.

Should you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 850.273.1255 or the Board via email, board@southerntrailriders.org

Quarterly Membership Meeting

What a wonderful evening 22 members and prospective members had at the 2nd Quarterly Membership Meeting held at The Wilderness Cabin on Saturday, June 18th. We enjoyed great food from the buffet that included pork roast, meat loaf, fried chicken, 3 types of shrimp, 3 types of fish, plus Southern vegetables, salads and desserts, all for $16.99 plus tax and gratuity. We had a private room, which made it easy to update members on all the new things Southern Trailriders Association is involved in. Torreya State Park’s proposed equestrian trails have been identified and now we wait for approval from higher authorities. We will keep you posted but our sincere thanks to Linda Vause, Suzanne Lane and Gary McDougald for all the hours in the saddle they put in. We also are pursuing permission from Leon County to build a mounting block at J R Alford Greeway. Our moonlight ride proved so popular we have another one coming up in July! Plus the chance to swim with your horse at Lost Lake also in July. And we also have another membership pool party coming up in August! Megan updated us on the pending land swap for the extension of Thorton Road within the Miccosukee Greenway. This project has been going on for over 3 years, with Sue working on it. We will have more information to share and also ask the membership to encourage the Governor and Members of the Florida Cabinet to support the land swap. We ended our meeting and returned to chatting about, what else, our horses. All of us agreed that the drier, cooler air of Autumn could not come soon enough! We hope to see you at the next event!

STA Quarterly Membership Dinner Meeting – Saturday June 18

There will be a “Social” at 5:00 pm, followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. STA will have a private area reserved, so when you arrive ask for us! Location will be at the Wilderness Cabin located at 1900 Capital Circle NE.

Come join us for a delicious dinner buffet! The price is $16.99 plus tax and includes a variety of meats, seafood, fresh vegetables and desserts. The Wilderness Cabin also serves beer and wine.

May 11, 2016 – Rivers Road Trail Improvements

This is a little up-date on the Rivers Rd. trails. Because of hunting season and other problems such as vandalism and wind and rain storms, the Rivers Road trails needed work and markers added. We had reports of people getting lost because markers were missing. So this is to let riders know that 6 senior citizen STA members worked on the blue and yellow trails on wed. May 11, 2016 and these two trails are good to go. Please give us a little time and we will get the orange and red trails up dated as well. It is still fairly cool in these woods so please come and enjoy the National Forest.
Roving Reporter

May 14th – Bring Your Horse to Work!

May 14th Work Day at Ft Braden…it is now a bring your horse  work day!  Suzanne discovered they will not allow 4-wheelers there, so we will be on horse back trimming the trails.  Folks are encouraged to bring loppers and/or hand saws.  Lunch and beverages will be provided by STA.  Please RSVP to Lyn Grant so she knows how much food to bring.  Her number is 562-0241.  Suzanne is still leading the ride, but Lyn is bringing the food.

Membership Renewal Time!

It’s time to renew your STA Membership. Don’t miss out! Download the membership form and mail it and your dues in today!

Annual Dinner Meeting and Election of Officers and Directors

The Annual Dinner meeting has been scheduled.  It will be held Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at the Leon County Horseman’s Association Building, 188 Horseman’s Association Road, Tallahassee.  A Social Hour will begin at 5pm and with Dinner served at 6pm.  The business meeting and elections will follow along with a special guest speaker, Jed Dillard, from the Jefferson County Livestock and Natural Resources Office discussing Creeping Indigo.  Cost for the dinner is $15 and reservations are required.  Look for invitations coming via mail with an RSVP card to return, as well as an email with details.

November 21, 2015 Miccosukee Greenway @ Crump Road Trailhead

Herb and I arrived bright and early and were surprised when there were quite a few cars in the parking lot. We thought we might meet lots of bikers and hikers on the trails, but surprisingly, it wasn’t bad. Most of the people that we passed were courteous. One woman just stopped, smiled and said “I don’t know what to do.” I told her, what she did by stopping was perfect, we talked and everyone went on their way. One hiker was even nice enough to tighten Janet’s horse’s boot. Even though small gravel has been laid on the main trails, it ‘s now packing down and getting some leaf coverage making a great trail to ride on. Riders included Janet, Kathleen and Herb and myself. We had great weather with a cool breeze making our 2.25 hour ride perfect. — Sharon

STA Summer Social 2015

What a smashing event!! The summer social at Jud and Jennette’s was a really great time for all of us who attended and I believe there was at least 25 to 30 people that showed up. Thanks to Linda who went out of her way to call as many people as she could think of to encourage them to come. And it was really great seeing all our members and ex-members from many years back all gathered up again in one spot.
The swimming pool was really refreshing and so nice on a hot day. I spent most of my time there just wallowing and talking to various members I haven’t seen in a long time. Jud and Jennette’s home is delightful. I was there about seven years ago at a similar social. On my way to the ladies room I was taking in their recent renovations of the sun room off their bedroom and the revised accommodations in the bathroom. Everywhere there were touches of our equine friends. Jennette has done a great job of inserting their love of horses and dogs into their home. I was surprised the toilet paper didn’t have horses printed on it!!

Ron and Jud furnished us with some really delicious thick and juicy hamburgers and hot dogs that were expertly cooked by Bob. The covered dishes supplied by members rounded off the gathering with beans, salads, and desserts. Everything was sumptuous.

This was such a nice thing for Jud and Jennette to do for the club and we all appreciate it so much. I talked with Sue and we figured the club was about 25 years old. Only about 5 original members are still actively riding and participating. Hopefully we can pull in some new members and draw back a few of the ex-members to join us. Events like this help.

I would like to list everyone who was there but I would leave someone out and I don’t want to hurt any ones feelings. But it was sure nice having all those who showed up. Thanks again.

— Roving Reporter

STA T-Shirts are back!

Many sizes and colors to choose from.  Contact Bob Bardes – email or call  850-339-0448.

Is a Trail Rider Required to Carry Your Coggins?

By: H.D. Haughton, JD June 1, 2015

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs (the “Department”) has been given the authority and responsibility by the Florida Legislature to control and eradicate Equine Infectious Anemia (“EIA”). The Department was required to formulate a program and promulgate all rules necessary for the successful implementation and administration of a comprehensive program for the control and eradication of EIA. The Department has adopted Rule 5C-18.010 (the “Rule”) which, among other things, requires owners of horses which are congregated at public or private assemblies to have in their possession a report of a negative EIA test conducted within the previous 12 months.

This report is commonly known as a Coggins Report or evidenced by a Coggins Certificate. Locations of such assemblies named in the Rule include: boarding stables and pastures, shows, exhibitions, fairs, rodeos, racetracks, trail rides and any other public or private assemblies. (While the word “assembly” is not defined in the Rule an acceptable dictionary definition would be; a meeting, congregation, get-together or gathering.) While these named “assemblies” would certainly apply to persons gathering at a trail head to commence a trail ride, they do not appear to include persons when actually participating on the trail ride.

Therefore a group of Southern Trailriders Association (“STA”) members collecting at a trailhead and preparing for a trail ride are suseptible to being asked by a state, federal or local law enforcement officer to produce a valid and current copy of a Coggins test for the horse(s) in their possession.

While the Department doesn’t have a Rule requiring a trail rider to have in his or her possession a Coggins Certificate when actually on the trail ride, other Florida Agencies do have such a requirement. The Agency which covers the major public lands on which STA members are likely to trail ride is the Florida Forest Service, which is a Division of the Department. This agency’s Rule 5I-4.003(14) states that “no person shall stage, ride or lead any horse on managed lands except on a designated trail or at a designated trailhead or designated access points.” Further that, “No person shall bring any horse onto managed lands without having in their possession a record of a current negative Coggins test for Equine Infectious Anemia as required by Rule 5C-18.010, F.A.C.”

This Rule is interpeted by Florida Forest Service law enforcement officers to require equestrians trail riding on Forest Service managed properties to have a Coggins Certificate in their possession at all times.

Many of the places Southern Trailriders conduct their trail rides are located on lands managed by the Forest Service including the Twin Rivers State Forest located next to McCulley Farms, the Wakulla State Forest and the Lake Talquin State Forest including the following Tracts: Bear Creek Tract, Joe Budd Tract (WMA), Fort Braden Tract, and the Rocky Comfort Tract, and therefore you must have a Coggins Certificate with you when riding in any of them. There is the following possible penalty for not doing so: “Any person violating or otherwise failing to comply with any of the provisions of Sections 589.011(4) or 589.071, F.S., or rules adopted pursuant to Section 589.011(4), F.S., is guilty of a non-criminal violation as defined in Section 775.08(3), F.S., punishable only by a fine not to exceed $500.00.

This is a link to all of the 37 state forests the Forest Service manages, and in which this Rule and the requirement to have a copy of your Coggins Certificate with you will apply.

In addition to the Florida Forest Service, three of the Florida Water Management Districts require a trail rider to have a proof of a negative Coggins test in their possession both when entering District property and when out on a trail ride. They are the South Florida Water Management District, the Suwannee River Water Management District, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Finally, the Florida Office of Greenways and Trails has also adopted a Rule requiring a trail rider to have a proof of a negative Coggins test in their possession both when entering the properties managed by the Office and when out on a trail ride. Persons found in violation of this Rule can be fined $250.

There may be other agencies, departments or divisions in Florida which have a Rule with the same or similar requirements Therefore, it seems to be a prudent practice for STA members to make sure they have a copy of their Coggins with them both when assembling for a trail ride and when actually out on the trail.

Recent truck and trailer break-ins at Rivers Road Trailhead

Be aware that there have been several truck and trailer break-ins and thefts at the trailer parking area at the Rivers Road trailhead. As always, is recommended that you carry on your person your photo ID, insurance card, a credit card, emergency contact info and cellphone – don’t clip this stuff to your saddle!   If possible do NOT leave anything of value in your truck or trailer. Also don’t forget to carry a copy of your horse’s Coggins with you.