May 2019

April 27 2nd work bee canceled.

SHTRA held its first work bee of the season with 38 volunteers present. We got all the trails cleared of winter debris, staging area raked, bulletin board updated and sand roll pit cleaned and ready for sweaty horses. The access road was graded and potholes filled. Thanks to all who came, worked, brought dishes to pass for our lunch. Sue Chant provided us with sloppy Joes. Many hands got Spring clean up done!  Therefore, No April 27 raindate work bee will be held.

SHTRA 2019 events are planned. We offer 9 events, 5 have weekend camping with 12 overnights available.  O  The Rotten Egg Hunt hosted by Pat Brown will be Sunday 2:00 pm May 5th.  This is a fun staging area event on foot for youngsters searching for goodies the Easter Bunny left behind.  Optional Trail riding that day depends on trail conditions.

Camping?  Riding? Trail Driving? Memorial Day Weekend will have a 3-night camp over, one fundraiser ride, potluck, and campfires with Marsha Korrock hosting. MHDVA will be attending this event. There will be no Fourth of July Ride as so many other events are occurring elsewhere. On July 12-13, Host Chanda Donnan will have us gathering for Lazy Days Weekend with a potluck but no organized ride. It’s a 2-night camp over. The weekend of July 26-28  theme is “Fantasy  Island”. Host Dave and Therese Kline are planning numerous sights for the riders this weekend. You won’t want to miss this unique event. The Labor Day weekend will be hosted by Marsha Putnam and MHDVA. It will be a 3-night camp over will special fundraiser ride, Sat. Potluck, Sunday Root Beer Floats, and group campfires.  Sunday, Sept. 29 will be the 16th Kris Kulhanek Memorial Judged Trail Ride hosted by the Rangers 4-H Club. No camping. This is a great horsemanship test, lunch and cash back prizes.  Our 3rd Explore the Hollow weekend will be a 2-night camp over Oct. 18-20 with Host Pat Brown. This weekend is time for a full moon and a special ride.  So plan to come and explore the forbidden hiking trails.   Check our website for Host contact #s and specific information for that event. Our Facebook page is a great way to contact others who are attending or gathering to ride or drive the SHTRA trails. Remember when cart driving the East Loop to “go UP the big hill” not down! Also, please no carts over the big 100’ bridge to the island as it has narrow winding trails. Have you visited Wayne Mears’s Memorial picnic table on the Island?

If interested, go to 1-800-44-Parks or online 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 two bedrooms modern cabin/electricity /shower or the one bedroom, heated rustic cabin for a “get away & go riding” weekend. Try getting a group together and rent both!  It’s easy and fun to rent an SHSP cabin w/picket poles overlooking the lake. If you want to bring your dogs, it is now allowed at the rental cabin for a $10.00 fee. You can call SHSP at 517-651-6217 for more information but must book online. If you would like to join our fun group and need a membership form, go to our website www.shtra.org  or call 989-661-2541 and I will send you one.

Happy Trails,

Marsha Putnam