January / February 2017

Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders February 2017 Newsletter

A big thank you goes to our members who have worked hard this past year with our workbees,  cleaning trail and hauling gravel to low spots. The wooden bridge in the big woods was re-decked with thick planks for safe crossings. Those who helped with camping events and fundraising contests, your efforts are appreciated. Many members attended Draft Master Plan meetings with equestrian input for additional trail mileage and camping opportunity.

2017 Event planning has begun with the Annual Meeting February 4th at Victor TWP Hall, 6843 Alward Rd. Laingsburg, Mi. This will be our 19th annual meeting, potluck and fun filled donated horse item auction.  Please help with hall set-up starting at 11:00 am, then social hour with Danny Crampton and friends playing cowboy tunes for us. This is the time to renew memberships, visit w/ trail buddies and check out auction items. Potluck dinner is at 1:00 pm with the auction following. Table service, coffee and water will be provided, and the ovens will be on to keep your passing dish hot. We will have a short business meeting to recap 2016, elect Board members and highlight 2017 plans. Bring family and horse friends, as guests are welcome. Sign up for door prizes when you arrive. There will be a paid up membership drawing. 2017 memberships get a 30%  off one apparel item. New decals!

Saturday April 22, 9:00 am  is the date picked for our first workbee. Staging area clean up, trail trimming, picket pole fixing, and graveling low spots are on the agenda. 8:30 am Sign in at staging area for assignment. Lunch helpers are always welcome, if you can’t help out on trail work. Facebook will have updates.

The Annual Rotten Egg Hunt will be at 2:00pm. April 30th. Host Pat Brown  and friends will have the wee ones and the young at heart look for hidden eggs. There will be several types of eggs to look for. This is an donation event, all youth welcome and all activities in the staging area. Trail riding -weather permitting.

Our special event camping weekends will be–Memorial Weekend May 26-29, The Fourth of July beginning June 30-July 5, Labor Day weekend Sept. 1-4, and Haunting Hollow Oct. 6-8 with decorated trails, contests and a soup cook-off. October 20-22 will be an Open House at The Rustic Cabin for anyone to visit,  and a special ride for members. SleazyBarbHorsewear is helping sponsor this event. For all camping weekends, participants register at the Horseman’s staging area, have a group campfire, a potluck and special riding events. If interested in helping with an event, your participation is welcome. Check our web shtra.org  or our face book page as the dates get closer for specific details.

Sunday September 24th will be the Annual Rangers 4H Club Judged Trail Ride. From 10-2 pm, this 10 obstacle event draws many participants testing their horsemanship skills. There will be a lunch and cash prizes awarded. There is no camping with this event.  Leader Mary Mallory is contact person.

Renew your membership via the website to run off a membership form or sign up at our annual meeting.  We have fun family events using our scenic 13 mile trail system. Don’t forget that the rustic and modern rental cabins have 4 picket poles each and are the only equestrian rental cabins in the state system. They are available by calling 1-800-44Parks. Rent and camp there anytime.  Get your date early as they sign up fast.


Go to our Facebook page to stay tuned to our activities and when TBA workbees will planned when we can get out on the trails w/equipment. If you can’t work, can you help cook or bring a dish to pass????

Marsha Putnam