Welcome to the FETA Website

Do you have a great photo taken on FETA Trails?  Send it to 
webmaster and it might be chosen to replace the photo above.  The current photo was emailed in by Johnny Rogers who rides Chloe, his 23 year old Arabian mare.

The Foothills Equestrian Trails Association is dedicated to preserving the historic equestrian trail system in and around Hunting Country in Polk County.

This year marks 25 Years of preserving the legacy trails of Polk County!

REMINDERS FOR MEMBERS:
Don't forget to call the new Trail Status number before each and every ride:  828 859 0133

New: Winter Storm Damage
Thanks to the amazing effort of scores of volunteers, working with guidance from Mike Rigney and Anne Swift, the main trails are mostly clear and are open as weather permits.  Please be aware that some of the side trails may still be blocked.  As always, we ask that riders turn back when trails are obstructed; trail blockages should be reported to Trailmaster.  
 
Volunteers may continue to help--contact Mike Rigney by text at 262-385-6662. Include in your note what basic tools you have (loppers, pruners, chainsaw, etc.) and whether you have an ATV or UTV available. For liability and insurance reasons, chainsaw volunteers must have extensive experience.

This has been an expensive undertaking even with volunteers. We have had some very generous donations that have helped enormously.   We are so lucky to be living in an area with such a generous and cooperative community of riders and landowners.  Donations continue to be welcome and may be sent to FETA at PO Box 1453, Columbus, NC 28722.  

The photo shows just one blocked trail.

New: Membership renewal is coming up. The 2019-20 membership applications will be sent to your email address inbox around April 1st. In order to renew promptly, please remember to send email address changes to Roberta Axelrod at information@fetatrails.orgThis will insure delivery of the application to your inbox.  You will want to check your records now and call your vet to update your Coggins if necessary. Outdated or missing Coggins is a frequent problem which delays completion of renewals.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please click here to send Roberta an email.

New, Save the Dates:
Thursday, May 16 6-8pm
The New Member Welcome Picnic is potluck and it is our welcome to the newest members. It is held at FENCE. All members are invited. More information will be in the Spring newsletter. You will also receive an email invitation.


Thursday, October 17 5-7pm
The Annual Meeting and Barbecue is a catered event held in honor of our generous Landowners. It will be at FENCE. More information will be in the Summer newsletter


               

                                                       


          

Thanks for joining us for a beautiful evening as we honored our founders, our past president, our landowners, and celebrated our 25th anniversary.  We also welcomed our new president, Kathy Nebel:



We would like to encourage FETA members to put their cell phone numbers on saddle tags.  Recently a horse was caught after being separated from it's rider and we realized how much easier it is to check on the rider and to reunite horse and rider if the rider's cell number is secured to the horse.


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)





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 .  Email Kathy Nebel
nebelrider@aol.com  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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If you have trouble with email links on this site you can right click and copy the email address and then paste it into your email.
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