Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen will host work events to tidy Equine Trails

Published 6:08 pm Thursday, April 25, 2019


Press release

HARRODSBURG — Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen (FHBCH) members will team up with Shaker Village staff for an equine trail work day on Sunday, April 28 at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill facility, 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg. The work day will begin a 1 p.m. and workers are asked to bring tools — including loppers and shovels — for clearing trails and working on trouble spots along with UTVs.

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The work day will continue through 4 p.m. Workers who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by calling (606) 365-8393, so the group can arrange transportation to the work site.

In addition, FHBCH will hold its regularly scheduled May meeting on Thursday, May 2 as a trail work night at Eagle’s Nest near Harrodsburg. The work night will begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue through 8:30 p.m., with participants asked to bring tools for clearing trails.

“The winter and spring included heavy storms with strong winds, leaving trees and debris blocking trails and sometimes making them impassable,” said Lois Short, FHBCH president. “We invite our members, friends and neighbors to join us in clearing trails at Shaker Village and Eagle’s Nest to make the trails safer for horses and riders during the coming riding season.”

As part of its commitment to keeping trails open for recreational stock use, FHBCH recently hosted Randy Rasmussen, director of public lands, at Shaker Village to discuss opportunities and challenges to keeping public and private trails open for recreational stock use.

Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen serves members from Mercer and surrounding counties, including Anderson, Boyle, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln and Woodford.

For more information about FHBCH, call (606) 365-8393.

About Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen

Based in Harrodsburg, Ky., Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s backcountry. The group helps maintain local trails and works to insure that public lands remain open for recreational stock use.

Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen also support local charities, including equine-related groups and youth organizations. The group meets at the Mercer County Extension office the first Thursday of every month except during the summer and hosts monthly trail rides when the weather permits.