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[RC] Trail Master Course - Carey Brock

A group of us just finished the AERC Trail Master Course. WOW, what a great experience. Mike Riter of Trail Design Specialists was our instructor. He explained how to design, build, and maintain trails. The course included a half day of intense classroom instruction and half day of practice in the field each day. The instruction included three paper and pencil tests and a fourth day practicum. Mike is not kidding when he assures students that they will learn “a better way”. We did learn. We gained knowledge and experience that will enable any of us to design and build fun and sustainable shared use trails. The operative word is sustainable. We have all ridden trails that have eroded or compacted down to a rough or even dangerous experience for us and our horses. Using the principals we gained in this four day course, we would certainly be able to avoid building that kind of trail. Believe me, if AERC offers the course again in an area close to you, it is well worth your time and expense to attend. You will never look at trails the same way again. I’d like to thank Mike for the wonderful education and Steve Hallmark for organizing this opportunity. The four days were fun and valuable. Thanks again. Carey and Reyno