2020 PEC Trailride

We are starting to plan the Members Only PEC Trail Ride for 2020. Summer’s Allegheny Trail Ride in Marienville, PA, will again be our destination.  The date will be August 6–9. This is a beautiful place to ride. You will be able to visit Pat’s Rocks, Hazel’s Rocks, the stone quarry, Kelly Pines, the dynamite shack, the compressors/engines, the “bra” trail and many other great destinations. There is also an historic site that has been discovered on a nearby trail that boasts Indian artifacts from centuries ago.  Much too much to see in one weekend.  This is not a guided ride; maps of the Spring Creek Trail system will be available.

First-time participants that were not on this ride in previous years will have priority to sign up on a first-come first-served basis. That sign up period will end on July 15, 2020.  If the ride limit has not been reached at that time (approximately 44 riders), we will begin filling the ride from the waiting list of applications from riders that attended in past years.  Refunds to applicants exceeding the ride limit will be made by July 30, 2020. Electric sites will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis as well.  All participants must be PEC members.

There will be a pot luck supper on Thursday evening, known as the “gathering day”, so please bring a dish to share.  PEC will arrange for Friday and Saturday evening meals including coffee and water.  Breakfast and lunch are your responsibility.  Stalls are included in the price of the ride and are required.  You must bring your own bedding.  No highlines, portable corrals, tying to trailers, etc. is acceptable.  There is water at the barns for your horses as well as a creek that runs right through camp.  Please bring your own potable water.  There is a bath house with showers and flush toilets.  There will be a central fire, so please…no satellite fires.  Bring your guitars and other musical instruments at fire time!

Don’t hesitate to call 888-304-0281 for any questions or concerns you may have.   Or you can contact Aleta or Skip at secretary@pennsylvaniaequinecouncil.org.

Help Us Keep Game Land Trails Open

Pennsylvania Equine Council Trails Program is focused on education that will promote access to equestrian and shared use sustainable trails on Pennsylvania’s public and private lands.

PEC Trail Committee members set on several state wide committees representing the equestrian community to educate agency and other user groups about equestrian activities and sustainable trail maintenance techniques as well as the importance of access to trails in Pennsylvania’s overall open space, wildlife and agriculture, the #1 industry in the state.

Pennsylvania is a beautiful state with wooded mountains and spectacular views of rivers and farm fields. The state has nearly five million acres of State Forests and State Parks, National Forest and National Parks as well as Game Commission Lands, much of which can be open for equestrian use. Working with these agencies is vital to keeping equestrian access to trails, as well as parking and camping opportunities.

It is important to know, when riding, whose land you are on and for what purpose that land is managed. For instance PA’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State Forests, Allegheny National Forest, under the United States Dept. of Agriculture are all primarily managed for their forestry resources with recreation as a secondary opportunity. The PA Game Commission is charged with:Protecting, conserving and managing the diversity of wild birds and wild mammals and their habitats; provide wildlife related education, services and recreational opportunities for both consumptive and non-consumptive use of wildlife, and maintaining and promoting Pennsylvania’s hunting and trapping heritage. Recreational use is not in their mandate.

The trails you love could be in jeopardy of being closed and you may not even know about it. State and national budget cuts are affecting maintenance and repair of the existing trails and thus many trails with environmental issues are being closed or may be in the near future.

Everyone can become part of the solution to our vanishing open space. Please investigate the links below to learn how you can protect our equestrian heritage. Sometimes all we need to do is Ride Smarter! Please email or call with your questions or concerns.

Published In Trail Rider Magazine, May 2015