North Salem Bridle Trails Association caps off summer trail ride series
Under warm and sunny skies, about two dozen riders experienced the magic of North Salem Bridle Trails Association’s extensive trail network last Sunday. The guided ride was the culmination of the organization’s annual summer trail ride series, which provides equestrians the opportunity to explore some of the lesser-known trails that make up the 100+ mile system.
“We’re so blessed with so many amazing trails, and a lot of it on private property,” said Rebecca Bose, an NSBTA board member and trail warden. “We try to divide the town up and give people a sense of what we have and show them where to go.” Bose added that the NSBTA is especially grateful to the private landowners who make portions of their property available for use by NSBTA members. “Without them we wouldn’t have this extensive trail system,” she said.
For last Sunday’s ride, attendees split up between Baxter Preserve and Turkey Hill. The Baxter Preserve riders were led by NSBTA board members Alison Estabrook and Anita Zander. Bose led the Turkey Hill group, taking them on an hour and forty-five minute ride that looped all the way up to Cat Ridge Road.
While Sunday’s ride was the last of the season, riders and community members alike can look forward to the next NSBTA event in September – the annual Barn Dance. This year’s event will be held at Stony Creek Farm on Baxter Road.
“We’re so excited about the barn dance,” Bose said. “There’s going to be music and food, and the owners have generously offered their indoor ring.”
This year, the NSBTA has partnered with the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps to host the event as a joint fundraiser. Pairing the two organizations, Bose said, makes perfect sense. “When we fall off, they’re there.”
Bose encourages local riders, no matter their ability, to consider joining the NSBTA. Membership provides access to the full trail system and also supports ongoing trail maintenance throughout the year.
“Our trails are so well-connected,” Bose said. “As a horse person, you really can’t get better than our town."
Click below to view more photos from the trail ride series.