Southern Trailriders Association Come Ride with Us! Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:13:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 86850434 Successful Benefit Ride for Triple R Rescue! Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:34:25 +0000 WOOHOO!!!!!!! I think everybody would call this ride a big success! A perfect day with a nice breeze, lots of nice trails to ride at your own pace and lunch afterwards to kick back, socialize with friends and finish off the day. What more could you ask for. Two of our riders even saw a mama bear and two cubs, but by the time they got their camera, the bears disappeared into the woods. A number of riders spotted deer too.

A total of $1,151.50 was raised for Triple R. With 64 riders, $640.00 was collected, along with $15.00 in extra donations. Triple R held a small tack sale from donated goods, which generated $240.50. David Rigdon, with Triple R, grilled hotdogs and served plates of hotdogs, assorted chips, assorted desserts and drinks generating $256.00 for the grand total of $1,151.50.

I want to thank everybody who helped make this day successful, and thank all the participants that came to ride. I also greatly appreciate Jason Crowder allowing us to ride their plantation and use their facilities.

If you weren’t there, you missed a really fun day!

Annual Dinner Meeting Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:17:15 +0000 It’s that time of year for the Annual Meeting. It will be held January 13th at the Leon County Horseman’s Association building (188 Horseman Association Rd in Tallahassee). We will have a social hour at 5pm and then serve dinner at 6pm. After everyone has eaten, we will be electing officers for 2018. STA will be providing the Ham and Turkey for the main course, so we need everyone to RSVP to Sharon. Cost is $5/person.

For side dishes we are asking that you bring something based on the first letter of your last name:

A-G appetizers
H-R veggies/Potatoes/Rice
S-Z salads

October 28, 2017 – Fort Braden Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:14:14 +0000 The day dawned clear but rain was expected in the afternoon. I left home earlier than usual because I knew a large crowd was expected. As I pulled up to the “fee box”, I noticed a large area had been taped off at the edge of the trailhead across from the box. The ground was wet and muddy. I wondered if it would cause a problem for folks to maneuver their rigs to get into the trailhead the more crowded it became but we have good drivers in our club. Ambrose and Wendy were already there as well as Tram, who was the trail boss for the ride. Herb was behind me. Tram told me his horse had been lame all week but seemed ok now but asked if I would lead the ride if Harley wasn’t able to handle it. Of course I agreed. As it turned out, there were two rides: one for slower horses and one for gaited horses. Tram led the gaited group on Harley on the west trail and Linda led the slower group on the east trail. I usually ride the east trail so I was looking forward to riding the west trail. We hadn’t gone very far when word was passed up that Tram had to turn back. So, Sadie and I were put in charge and the rest of the riders were Ambrose on Sally, Herb on Buddy, Tonya on Dusty, Lavater on Bucky, Mike on Sage and Marti on Deliliah. (Marti is the recreation specialist for the Talquin State Forest and looks after the Ft. Braden trails; she said the mud is due to a pitcher pump to be installed for us to have water for the horses!) The first thing I discovered was the trail turned down the last jeep road instead of continuing on toward the lake. This cut out a beautiful part of the trail that used a firebreak and then followed a small creek that is absolutely awesome. (On another ride out there I’ll be glad to introduce folks to it because it’s not too far from the new turn.)   As we continued down the jeep road, Herb’s horse started spinning like something had bitten him but soon settled down. We then turned into the woods on the single track trail that wound up and down small hills. It wasn’t long before three small deer crossed in front of us. We waited to see if more would pass but they were by themselves. It soon became obvious that we need to have a workday to replace signage as many of our markers were on the ground so we relied on the treadway itself. We spooked another deer as we continued our way down toward the lake and I then pointed out some large holes and explained that I had been told two different theories about their existence. The first was that Indians dug for clay there; the second was that boy soldiers during the Civil War dug the holes to be prepared to fight the Yankees if they came up the river to invade Florida and capture the Capital. As we continued toward the pavilion, I stopped to get everyone together and noticed a small turtle. When Sadie saw it, she snorted at it and she and it moved in different directions. I think she has a phobia about turtles because the only other time she had seen one on a ride, she whirled and somehow I stayed on. When we got to the pavilion, we took a small break and wondered if the other group had arrived and left before we got there. We decided to continue to the next road and Ambrose led out. We wandered through the woods to the next road where Ambrose said goodbye because he was going to ride more. As we took the road back, three big deer crossed in front of us. When we got closer to the trailhead, we saw the other group returning on the east trail so we actually got back at the same time! All in all, I appreciated the opportunity to lead the ride but want to acknowledge Tram’s big disappointment in not being able to follow through as trail boss. We’ve all had experience with lame horses and I am sure there will be other rides he will lead for the club!

October 15, 2017 – Alford Arms Greenway Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:03:29 +0000

Seven members and eight horses rode the J.R. Alford Greenway on a Sunday morning where the temperature began at 76 at 10 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m., hit 84 degrees.  Humidity had all the horses lathering up during the ride.  Ride participants were: Herb Rosinsky on Buddy, Sue Noyes on Bud, Rocky Martin rode Silk but ponied Flicka her 1.5 year old filly, Ambrose rode Cuzzin, Paul on Mabrogada, Melody on Spirit and Janet on Charlie.  We had some horses walking a bit faster than others and the group broke into smaller groups towards the end.  It was great to see so many equestrians on the trail, as two other groups were riding and another arrived as we loaded back up.  We were surprised to see the tractors tilling the soil in the fields on a Sunday!  All the horses handled it well and no rider mishaps.  Come out and join the ride!

Quarterly Meeting at Fort Braden – Oct 28th Wed, 25 Oct 2017 01:13:13 +0000 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.

Clean Up Day at Apalachicola National Forest Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:31:18 +0000 The day dawned bright and cool with a slight breeze as we gathered at Rivers Road Trailhead for the new (first ever) mini trash cleanup in the national forest (you may be aware the annual trash cleanup takes place in February and STA has been a participant since it was established) . The forest has been without official law enforcement detail for seven weeks due to our officer being injured in an accident so the “emergency” cleanup event was created because he feared, by his absence, that people would take advantage of the situation and dump stuff. We pray and wish for his complete recovery from his injuries.
It didn’t take long to discover that two different STA work groups would participate. These groups came together as a result of reconnaissance efforts on our four trails to determine where trash was located. The blue trail (longest one) was the “winner” for having trash at two of our “watering” locations and the other trails were clear. Lyn, Katrina, Tram and Herb rode with Sue in her gator to pick up the trash. Ron and Charlotte rode their horses and did overhead trimming on the orange trail.

The trash on the north end of the blue trail was located at a beautiful cypress pond and on the way there we discovered more gopher tortoise enclosures have been erected. (These enclosures have erosion control material attached to wooden posts and cover large areas. The gopher tortoises were removed from other areas of the forest where timbering would occur and when replanting is completed they will be returned to their “home” area.) We also had to do some overhead trimming and move large trees to the side of the road so we could get the gator through to the trash. There was also trash on the south end on the “way back” trail at another pond. To get to this area, we continued down the blue trail (trimming and removing debris) to the gas line and then used it to get to the “way back” trail. After cleaning up the trash on the south side, we decided to check the portion of the yellow trail that goes to Crawfordville Hwy. We discovered some markers have been removed but we were able to follow the trail thanks to Lyn’s excellent memory. We discovered a huge fallen oak tree on the trail and Herb did a great job of finding a safe route around it. All in all, we collected three horse feed bags of trash in three hours. Many thanks to Lyn for bringing the bags and to Herb for bringing his loppers. Katrina did an excellent job overhead trimming from the back of the gator! Tram and Herb were great at moving trees off the road and breaking big limbs. Sue did her best to make the gator ride as safe and comfortable as possible.

Fall Benefit Ride November 18th at Crowder Farms to benefit Triple R Horse Rescue. Sat, 05 Aug 2017 11:17:39 +0000 View the full post here!

Quarterly Meeting and Pool Party! Mon, 08 May 2017 16:09:09 +0000 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 Ask Wendy for directions.

April 15, 2017 – Phipps Park Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:40:14 +0000 What a gorgeous day for a ride and that we did. Thirteen riders showed up at Phipps Park for a two hour ride. Several riders went out separately as they were our speedy riders. The rest of us sauntered off into the woods for an adventure. Fortunately Luanne, who knows Phipps quite well, was with us today helping me “lead”. She guided us through woods, fields and we even rode part of the Red Hills course checking out how the jumps looked right next to our horses. Nancy was determined to take her horse over one of those jumps but we managed to talk her out of it – see the picture. Gee, sitting on your horse right next to those jumps sure puts a different perspective on things. We even stopped to let our horses graze a bit. All in all, it was a relaxing day, but then again, anytime I’m on my horse, it’s a relaxing day. Sharon

Benefit Poker Ride Scheduled for Saturday May 6th Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:29:58 +0000 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!