December 2018

We had fall fun riding at the 2nd “Explore the Hollow” weekend October 19-21.  Riders had special access to certain hiking trails adding five miles of additional trail for that day only. We had a good turnout even with a  cold weather front. There was a group potluck and warm campfire. This was a chance to ride “new” mileage and SHTRA expresses gratitude to the DNR park management for letting us do so. Thanks also goes to Pat Brown for Hosting, Don and Scott for cutting firewood, Rosie and Bob for handling and selling apparel, and those who identified the special trails w/signs and ribbons and picked up poop Sunday.

Notice the brushy east and west loops at Sleepy have been professionally brush hogged. They were getting very overgrown and even though we have had workbees to trim back the endless thornapples, autumn olive, osier dogwoods, ect we were encouraged by Park Management to get it trimmed. By spring, the new growth will cover the cutter marks. It now offers a clear vision line around the corners.  Enjoy riding those loops without getting wet. Thanks goes to Scott and Keith Litchfield for their services cutting back brush.

Please wear orange while riding this fall hunting season.  Wearing bells also helps being noticed by those in the brush.  Our park gets a lot of hunters who use the Horseman’s’ staging area and trails to park to walk out from. Also, remember State law says that dogs are to be on leashes or under immediate control. For everyone’s safety, please refrain taking your dogs out with you while riding at SHSP. Note that in wet or frosty weather the bridges may be slippery. If necessary, dismount and walk across. There are mounting blocks on each side for you.

If interested, go to 1-800-44-Parks or on line www.midnrreservations.com to register for a cabin rental. If you want to horse camp when there is no special event scheduled at Sleepy? Don’t have an LQ  trailer? Try renting either the modern cabin/electricity or the rustic cabin for a “get away & go riding” weekend, get a group  together. It’s easy and fun to rent a SHSP camp w/pickett poles overlooking the lake. If want to bring your dogs  to the rental cabin, it is now allowed for a $10.00 fee.

Plan on Saturday Feb.2, 2019 for our annual meeting with potluck and auction.  Other 2019 events are being planned. If your are interested in helping or hosting with an event- Pirate Ride, Poker Run, ect let us know ASAP to be included in the plans. We welcome everyone’s assistance.

Be on the lookout for your 2019 renewal letter w/membership form.  If you would like to join our fun group and need a membership form, go to our website www.shtra.org/join-shtra  or call 989-661-2541 and I will send you one.

Happy Trails,

Marsha Putnam