The 2017 PEC trail ride was a huge success. Near perfect weather, wonderful scenery and great food left little to be desired. There are very few places in Pennsylvania where we can conduct such a ride and have all these great amenities.
If you didn’t make the ride in 2017, for whatever the reason, you will have another opportunity in 2018. We will return to Summer’s Allegheny Trail Ride in Marienville, PA, August 3-5, and have contracted DB’s Smoking BBQ to again be our caterer. That makes us guaranteed to have great food and a beautiful place to ride. You will be able to visit Pat’s Rocks, Hazel’s Rocks, the stone quarry, Kelly Pines, the dynamite shack, the compressors/engines, the “bra” trail and many other great destinations. There is also an historic site that has been discovered on a nearby trail that boasts Indian artifacts from centuries ago. Much too much to see in one weekend. This is not a guided ride; maps of the Spring Creek Trail system will be available.
First-time participants that were not on the 2017 ride will have priority to sign up on a first come–first served basis. That sign up period will end on June 15, 2018. If the ride limit has not been reached at that time (approximately 44 riders), we will begin filling the ride from the waiting list of applications from riders that were on the 2017 ride. Refunds to applicants exceeding the ride limit will be made by July 1, 2018. Electric sites will be assigned on a first come-first served basis as well. All participants must be PEC members.
There will be a pot luck supper on Thursday evening, the “gathering day”. PEC will arrange for Friday and Saturday evening meals including coffee and water. Breakfast and lunch are your responsibility. Stalls are included in the price of the ride and are required. No highlines, portable corrals, tying to trailers, etc. is acceptable. There is water at the barns for your horses as well as a creek that runs right through camp. There is a bath house with showers and flush toilets.
Please click here for the trail ride application and don’t hesitate to call 888-304-0281 for any questions or concerns you may have. Or you can contact Aleta or Skip at email@example.com.
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PEC ANNOUNCES A NEW GRANT PROGRAM
PEC is proud to announce that the organization is now making grant money available for groups interested in offering educational programs that benefit the horse and the horse industry. Grants can be used to support projects in the following program area
a. Equine health and well-being
b. Environmental stewardship
c. Public awareness and understanding of horses and the industry
More information and an application can be downloaded by clicking here.
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THINKING OF STARTING A COUNTY CHAPTER?
HERE ARE SOME TIPS !
HOW CRAWFORD COUNTY HAS MAINTAINED A SUCCESSFUL AND ACTIVE COUNTY CHAPTER
First, you have to have a strong and dedicated core group who believe in what the PEC stands for.
Your meetings can be anywhere… someone’s house, a fire department, church, restaurant…anywhere there is enough seating.
Set your first meeting with your core group to decide on the best place that can accommodate your needs. We at Crawford County have been having our meetings at Perkins in Meadville in the banquet room. They don’t charge us for use of the room because a lot of us have our evening meal at that time. You may want to have the meeting at a church or a fire dept. Anywhere is fine if it can accommodate your needs in space and availability. If you use a church or fire department, you may want to raise funds to make a donation to your meeting place.
The most important point we can make here is keep it consistent on TIME AND PLACE. Once you decide on a permanent place to have your meeting, keep it the same day of the month (ex: the first Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday etc.) and also the same time. Ours are always the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm. We try to get there at 6 pm to eat and have a little chat time.
We also have guest speakers every month and buy their meal since they have come to donate their time. Our past guest speakers have consisted of equine massage therapists, Equine dentists, veterinarians, people involved in 4H, people who specialize in breed specifics (gaited horses, Quarter Horse, etc.) We had the President of the Paint Horse Association, farriers, reiners, bit and saddle fit experts, equine chiropractors; we had Pam Kline-Eikleberry from Ohio who sold everything she owned and rode her horse from the east coast to the west coast in the 1980’s. Others include horse rescue personnel, people involved with therapy horses, Bud & Gwen Wills from our own Pennsylvania Equine Council were here and became our guest speakers at a meeting when our scheduled speaker had an emergency and couldn’t make it. We had one guest, Kathy Beahon of Allegheny River Ranch, who spoke on training your horse for obstacles, Pam Bradshaw on cutting and sorting cows, manure management, parasite control, the hazards and benefits of owning a stallion. Youth Rodeo is another one, equine photography … there are endless possibilities for choosing people who are more than happy to talk about their particular equine passion. Use your imagination and share with your fellow equine lovers.
We also have fund raisers. Tack Swaps, 50/50 raffles, currently we are having an Equine Calendar sale from a photo contest we sponsored. Again the possibilities are endless.
And the last thing to remember is to use everything at your disposal to get the word out about your meetings and who your speakers are. We use social media (facebook), email, newspapers; you can also use the radio or put up fliers in local businesses; whatever works for you particular situation. Invite everyone who owns a horse and even those who may not be able to own one of their own but share your passion for horses, mules, ponies and donkeys. We do not restrict these meetings to members only. We welcome everyone with the hope that they may decide to join PEC.
ATTENTION ASSOCIATION MEMBERS!
Association Membership Plus for Equine Organizations
- Associations must have:
1. Elected Officers and/or Directors
2. A minimum of 10 members
- Membership fee is $80 annually
- Benefits of Membership Plus include:
1. $1,000,000 Liability insurance for your equine organization
2. All "member only" events are insured
3. Insure additional "public" events for $65/day. One set-up and one tear-down day included.
Click here for "Public Event Days Application".
Call 1.888.304.0281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.