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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pennsylvania Equine Council Trails Program is focused on education that will promote access to equestrian and shared use sustainable trails on Pennsylvania’s public and private lands.
PEC Trail Committee members set on several state wide committees representing the equestrian community to educate agency and other user groups about equestrian activities and sustainable trail maintenance techniques as well as the importance of access to trails in Pennsylvania’s overall open space, wildlife and agriculture, the #1 industry in the state.
Pennsylvania is a beautiful state with wooded mountains and spectacular views of rivers and farm fields. The state has nearly five million acres of State Forests and State Parks, National Forest and National Parks as well as Game Commission Lands, much of which can be open for equestrian use. Working with these agencies is vital to keeping equestrian access to trails, as well as parking and camping opportunities.
It is important to know, when riding, whose land you are on and for what purpose that land is managed. For instance PA’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State Forests, Allegheny National Forest, under the United States Dept. of Agriculture are all primarily managed for their forestry resources with recreation as a secondary opportunity. The PA Game Commission is charged with:Protecting, conserving and managing the diversity of wild birds and wild mammals and their habitats; provide wildlife related education, services and recreational opportunities for both consumptive and non-consumptive use of wildlife, and maintaining and promoting Pennsylvania’s hunting and trapping heritage. Recreational use is not in their mandate.
The trails you love could be in jeopardy of being closed and you may not even know about it. State and national budget cuts are affecting maintenance and repair of the existing trails and thus many trails with environmental issues are being closed or may be in the near future.
Everyone can become part of the solution to our vanishing open space. Please investigate the links below to learn how you can protect our equestrian heritage. Sometimes all we need to do is Ride Smarter! Please email or call with your questions or concerns.
Click here for more trail information.
Click here for trails photo gallery.
Click here to read complete article on Sunday hunting and your trails.
Published in Trail Rider Magazine May 2015