August 2016

Equestrian camping -ANYTIME—at the SHSP rental cabins—-Don’t forget that BOTH RENTAL CABINS HAVE EQUESTRIAN picket poles and connect to the trail network.  If you don’t have an LQ trailer, or traveling on US -27, or have family members who want to “camp with a roof overhead’ —check out the possibility of renting one of these scenic cabins.  On line reservations are made on the DNR website or call 1-800-44-PARKS. New pictures of the knotty pine interiors will be on our website soon.

September 2-5th will be our Labor Day weekend camp over.  We’ll celebrate the memory of Dennis Austin with his glow stick poker rides. Youth ride fee free. Saturday will be a Patriotic Poker Game until the potluck. SHTRA will furnish the meat. On Sunday,  The Sneaky Snake Ride from 10 am-2 pm and Root Beer floats for all at 3:00 pm!  Of course there will be a group campfire.   You don’t have to drive up north and deal with the traffic hauling your horse.  No RSVP is necessary but if you are bringing a large group, let us know. $15.00 per night per sleeping unit. Don’t forget, you can always cart drive your equines on the south loop, just not on the island. Contact 989-661-2541 or check out our Facebook page.

September 25th  Sunday will be the annual Kris Kulhanic Memorial Judged Trail Ride. Be ready to ride between 10 am -2pm for cash prizes. Hosted by The Rangers 4-H Club.  There will be 5 divisions to test your horsemanship skills with lunch afterwards. This well-attended event is fun, challenging  and the cash pots grow every year. Contact Mary at 517-651 6884. There will  be optional overnight camping  on Sept. 24.  You may arrive anytime on Saturday with camping registration at 5:00 pm at the staging area.

October 14-16 will be our Spooky Ichabod weekend. Come and decorate your campsite, costume yourself and your horse and  ride Saturday’s The Sweetest Poker Run.  Chili cook-off on Saturday afternoon will be a part of the fun. Prizes by Sleazy Barb Horsewear.  Info Contact 989-661-2541. Go to our Facebook page or web shtra.org to stay tuned to our activities.

On July 16-19 volunteers gathered to trim trail and gravel low areas with our gravel hauler designed by Dave Kline. Many thanks goes to Don and Pat Brown, Dave Kline, Jim Sutphen, Scott and Ryan McCullough, Chanda Donnan, Myron Karsten, Rosie Johnson, Art Jones and family, Paulie Brown, Lori Coffin Gaye and Marty Platte. Chris Salters, Sue Chant, Peg Borgman and I furnished lunch for the hungry workers. Thanks to all for making our trail improvements.

Next workbee planning in the works.  Check SHTRA’s Facebook for TBA date, Board minutes and next Board. meeting Oct 11, 2016.

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