IHC Trails Committee
The Trails Committee of the Iowa Horse Council is made up of horse council members who have a passion for trail riding and a desire to maintain and further trail riding in Iowa. We are a small committee with a lot to do and would welcome Iowa Horse Council members who would be willing to donate their time and ideas to join our committee.
This past year we had a Trail Committee retreat weekend that was really well attended and resulted in a lot of good riding, new friendships, great food and we actually got a good deal of work done as well!
We meet once a month, normally in the home of a member or in a restaurant. For the past two years the committee has been sponsoring educational clinics that would be of interest to Iowa trail riders. We keep the fees for these clinics as low as possible and offer a discount to Iowa Horse Council members.
Some of the past clinics offered by the IHC Trails Committee:
Confidence Clinic for fearful riders
Trailer backing clinic
Camp cooking clinic
Barefoot trimming clinic
Our committee has several interesting ideas for a more topics in 2019!
One of things we did with the profits from these clinics was to provide large tall three step mounting blocks to Elk Rock, Brushy Creek and Volga. We asked rangers to find a nice spot out away from camp for those who need to get off, but have difficulty remounting.
Two years ago we began to hold weekend Iowa Horse Council Trails rides at Crossroads Ranch in Lucas Iowa. These rides have attached several horse council members as well as nonmembers. They are full weekends with trail riding, cattle work, pot luck summers, pancake breakfasts and cowboy church. Our rides are held each May and Oct. Watch for more information on them on the website and on our Facebook page.
In 2018 we reinstated the Trails Conference in conjunction with the Iowa Horse Fair. We were very pleased with the turn out and have plans for some very interesting topics for the Trails Conference for 2019.
In 2019 we will have access to the main pavilion for our two morning sessions. One of those will be conducted by our main Horse Fair clinician.
If you are on Facebook “like” our page Iowa Horse Council Trails and keep track of our activities for 2019. If you wish to join us please contact any committee member, or committee chairperson, Sandee McKee.