April 2015 Reminders and Updates

Happy Spring — we can finally get back out on the trails !!!!!!

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Sat April 11 … A Day of Lessons with Joe London … audit for $10 … Click here for auditor registration form … walk-ins welcome

***Sat. April 18 (rain date 19th) … Cedarville State Forest (instead of Greenwell) on the north side of Waldorf … ready to ride 11:00 am … rsvp Shelby Tipton … 301-848-1650 .. equine camping in the park available – we could do an unofficial ride at nearby Jug Bay on Sunday … make your own camp reservation by calling 301-888-1410 and let Shelby know your plans when you rsvp.

Driving Directions to Cedarville State Forest:

• From Annapolis: Follow Route 50 West to Route 301 South. From Route 301 South travel to Cedarville Road (at the very end of Prince George’s County). At traffic light, take a left on Cedarville Road. As a landmark there will be a large white warehouse located on the left hand side. Take Cedarville Road to Bee Oak Road (on you right) which will be the main entrance to the forest.

• From Prince George’s County: Travel Route 301/5 South and take a left on Cedarville Road. Follow directions above from Cedarville Road.

• From Waldorf (Charles County): Follow Route 5/301 north into Prince George’s County. As soon as you cross into Prince George’s County turn right onto Cedarville Road. Follow Cedarville Road to Bee Oak Road (on your right) which is the main entrance for the forest.

• From Washington, D.C.: Follow either Branch Avenue (Route 5) or Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 4). If using Route 5, follow Route 5 for directions from Prince George’s County above. If using Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 4), follow Route 301 south from Prince George’s County. At the end of Prince George’s County and before you enter Charles County, turn left onto Cedarville Road. Follow Cedarville Road to Bee Oak Road (on your right) which is the entrance to the forest.

April 24-26 … Gaited Clinic with Diane Sept … at this time there are a couple of horse spots open …
Click here for registration forms
Click here for Auditor and Wait list forms

***Sat. April 25 … Annapolis Rock rescheduled … ready to ride 11:00 .. rsvp to Suzanne with your cell number at trailsendfarm@verizon.net so she can confirm with you… 17569 Annapolis Rock Rd Woodbine, MD 21797-7610

Directions to Annapolis Rock
From Rt 70 take exit 73 / Rt 94 toward Lisbon
Turn onto Woodbine Rd south
Continue 5.6 miles and turn left onto Annapolis Rock Rd
About 1 mile turn right into designated parking area

***May 1-3 … Gettysburg Battlefield … make your own reservation for stalls, cabins and camping at Artillery Ridge . 717-334- 1288 … be sure to mention Club and Nicole … rsvp Nicole Gagnon 410-212-5761 / pegasus1284@hotmail.com … The weekend for the club will officially begin on Friday but, a few of us are checking in as early as Thursday. Bedding and stall cleaning equipment is on hand but, owners are responsible for daily cleaning of their horse’s stall and will need to supply their own buckets/hay/grain. Water and hoses are readily available. Stalls and pens are open to the campground so if you do not want your horse pet by a stranger please bring a sign that says as much.

Overall this is a busy weekend but, one that is kind to riders who are new to camping with their horses and group rides. If you have any concerns about the trip please reach out to myself or Jacquie. We really only get grumpy if you have your horse near the tent sites 😉

The Friday Evening Twilight Ride will have a RTR time of 7:15 pm (sunset @ 8:03). This will be a walking ride in low light conditions. While we hope horse and riders never become separated, light colored tack is encouraged so that a loose horse is easier to find.

Saturday’s Battlefield Ride will be at Noon to allow people coming in on Saturday morning time to get there. Riders are welcome to stay with the group or peel off and explore on their own. Saturday’s ride can last over two hours so drinks and snacks in saddle bags are a great idea. Expect to ride on pavement (30%), grass (20%) and gravel (50%) with easy hills and one or two bridges. Like most parks, these trails are not exclusive to horse traffic and we may encounter bikers, hikers and at least a few traffic crossings.

Saturday Evening Potluck … Saturday night will be our trip potluck! Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share and setup will either be at the trailer parking across from the stalls or if available the pavilion by the round pen. As we get closer I will ask people to either bring a savory item or sweet item depending on how many people we have (ex: Last names A-M bring savory items, names N-Z bring sweet). Please bring an index card with the ingredients of your dish on it so those with food allergies can avoid if need be!

Sunday will have most people packing up to go home or sneaking out for one last ride on their own.

May 1-3 … Tuckahoe Spring Fling offering meals, camping, marked trails, and good friendships … tuckahoeequestriancenter.net

*** Indicates Club Events & Membership is required – new memberships are accepted at events so you are welcome to bring friends – just give their membership form and payment to the ride host before unloading – better yet, mail at least a week ahead.  PDF Membership Form

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