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The Foothills Equestrian Trails Association is dedicated to preserving the historic equestrian trail system in and around Hunting Country in Polk County.
REMINDERS FOR MEMBERS:
Don't forget to call the new Trail Status number before each and every ride: 828 859 0133
Report any trail problems promptly so that we can schedule the work to be done. Turn around time depends on something getting reported, scheduled, and prioritized. Even if you think someone else must have reported it go ahead and report, multiple reports are always better than no reports. Give the trail name if known, if you are not sure describe the location. Indicate if the trail is blocked or if you can ride through. (Remember, you can't leave a trail to go around something, it violates your membership rules.) Describe the problem. Is it a tree (how big around), washout, overhanging limbs, etc.? Give the date and approximate time you found the obstruction, so we can determine if we cleared it before your report came in. Report problems by emailing the Trailmaster (click on the word Trailmaster which will open your email, otherwise, a right click will allow you to copy the email addresses)
New: The paving on the portion of River Road between Morgan Chapel Rd. and Golden Rd is complete. DOT put a grass/dirt track in beside the new paving so that horses and carriages can stay off the paved road. Many people are assuming the track is for parking. Please park just a bit west of the intersection on the grass by the board fence along the large field known as Field's Edge.
New: Pete's Pond Trail is open after some work.
New: Pretty Bottom is open again after extensive clearing efforts.
The Spring Potluck Picnic was well attended and lots of fun with fabulous food. As always it provided a great opportunity for FETA members to catch up with each other and to look at the trail maps.
Riverside Lounge Trail at The Cotton Patch has been repaired and reopened. We ask that riders keep horses on the uphill side of the trail and avoid walking along the edge of the river bank. We have widened the path at the undercut and placed branches at that site. We have driven over it with the Gator to check for firmness and stability. We feel the trail is safe but again ask riders to keep to the uphill side.
GreenGait Bridge leading to FENCE is now OPEN! Please watch the new signage where the trail has been re-routed; the bridge is gone and it is now a lovely stream crossing. Thanks to our trail crew for getting to this job so quickly.
River Road Paving Updates: To keep up with River Road paving updates please go to the Hunting Country website.
Lenox Trail is open again after removal of a large tree.
Mustang Alley is closed due to serious erosion. Riders can use Taylor's Trail going from Pretty Bottom to Stoneybrook.
The trail that runs along the pastures and arena at Amy Barrington's Winding River Farm off Carriage Row is closed. The recent rains caused a large section to erode.
The new owner of Hidden Hollow ( Maude Carr property) has informed us that people are riding the trails there with dogs, and some have even been rude when approached about it. While some may have had permission to do that previously, they no longer have permission, and it may result in a loss of membership privileges if continued. Please respect the wishes of the new owner as well at the FETA rules; leave your dogs at home, and you may not ride there without a membership tag. This is a large section of beautiful trails, do not risk them being closed!
Also, Hidden Hollow ( Maude Carr property) trails will be closed this weekend for fox hunting.
We have recently been informed (by letter from a landowner) of two unfortunate incidents that occurred in August in the Stoneybrook area. On both occasions riders were seen riding well after dark cantering down fence lines, frightening the horses in the pastures. Trails are CLOSED after dusk, and ALWAYS walk your horse past a land owner's fence line. Violations of this type can result is loss of membership privileges. Thank you all for understanding. We are the grateful guests of our FETA landowners!
The trail that runs off River Rd. between the Huston and Sleuter properties has been closed due to safety concerns. To get to the Waterfall and Old Horsecollar trails, enter through Ricci's Meadow. If you are coming from the Waterfall Trail, there is now a loop where you used to head down by this fence that will take you back to the trails you came from, or you can continue on to Ricci's Meadow. Pay attention to the new signs and you will have no problem. This trail will remain closed until safety concerns can be resolved. Thanks for understanding! Photo shows the closed trail:
For those members who have been asking about the artistic rendition of the trail map, we have just uncovered a few more in one of our board member's closets. These are unframed and may be purchased for $125 . Call or email Judith Kerns firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
If you or anyone you know is offering a residence for rent in the area please keep in mind that FETA trails are not public and they are for members only. A renter would need to be in residence for a full 30 days, pay the full year's membership, and sign all membership documents in order to use the trails. We would hate for anyone to be misled and think that renting in the area entitles them to FETA trail use.
We no longer have a FAX line for sending in Guest Releases. Please put Guest Releases in the mailboxes at FENCE and Peniel Road or email them to membership chair (you can take a picture with your smartphone and email).
For a list of parking areas please see the FAQ page; click on the document link at the bottom of the page.
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