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Clemson Trails Symposium & OVETS Symposium

Seems like a good time to post this....

I just heard from one of the organizers that Clemsom will hold the trails
symposium on May 7-11, 2000.
While I did not attend last year, I know that the Ridecampers who did
indicated that it was a positive experience.  Maybe more of us can plan
ahead to attend this coming year.

Also here is some info on the OVETS Symposium for those who are interested.
I think that most of the speakers have been confirmed as well (I have't
chicken out - yet:).  This is the press release that I received and there
are several names listed at the bottom for more information.

Sally Aungier
wearing her Va Horse Council Trails Committee hat.

Ohio Valley Equestrian Trails Symposium
> February 12-13, 2000
> The Kentucky Horse Council is proud to announce the second annual Ohio
> Valley Equine Trails Symposium, which is scheduled for February 12 & 13,
> 2000 at the Executive Inn West in Louisville, Kentucky. The site is
> located
> near the Louisville Airport and should make for a good central location
> for
> trails loving horse people from throughout the Ohio Valley. The Target
> audience is representatives from various horse clubs from Ohio, Indiana,
> Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, who can take information
> back to their organizations in their state. We encourage representatives
> from surrounding states such as Missouri, Michigan, Georgia and
> Pennsylvania to attend as well.
> The fee for attending is $40 ( payable to the Kentucky Horse Council,
> which
> is providing financial oversight) and includes lunch on Saturday. A $15
> late fee will be charged after February 6th. Pre-registration is strongly
> encouraged. The program begins at 9:00 AM Saturday and conclude by 1:00
> p.m. on Sunday. Churchill Downs invites participants for a tour of the
> famed racecourse following the sessions on Sunday afternoon.
> This symposium was inspired by the excellent National Symposium on Horse
> Trails in Forest Ecosystems held at Clemson in October 1998. We will cover
> some of the same information while scaling it down and addressing more
> specific concerns in the Ohio Valley area. This is not a policy or
> planning
> meeting, but an educational symposium directed at equestrian trail users.
> Those attending will learn about subjects ranging from trail design and
> funding to developing good working relations with government land
> managers.
>  The growing pressure on public lands and the wealth of misinformation
> about horse riding make it essential that the equestrian community become
> organized and pro-active in defending and promoting our tradition of
> riding
> in America's open spaces.
> If you choose to stay at the Executive West Hotel ( 1-800-626-2708 (in KY)
> 502-367-2251) be sure to mention that you are with the Ohio Valley
> Equestrian Trails Symposium to receive our group rate of $58 00. For more
> information contact  Greg Jones or Mary Lynn Stockdale at  606.498.4337 or
> E-mail: You may also call the KHC office at
> 1-800-459-4677 or E-mail:
> The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization representing all
> breeds and disciplines within the horse industry. It is committed to
> active
> representation and leadership of persons interested in the horse, it's
> activities and its environment through focused education, legislation and
> communication. Established in 1992, the Kentucky Horse Council has lobbied
> for the  new Kentucky Horse License Plate and presents the annual Kentucky
> Horse Fair. It has been instrumental in effecting equine liability
> legislation, and has been an advocate for horse trails in the state, among
> other projects. Interested individuals and organizations are invited to
> join
> the Kentucky Horse Council. For more information , call toll free on
> 1-800-459-4677.
> Media Contact: Liza Holland, Executive Director
> (606)299-9714   Fax (606)299-9849  E-mail:

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