Ask yourself "What are horse trails worth to me, my children, and my grandchildren?" You have a great deal invested in your horses, truck, trailer, farm, etc. Membership and participation with Back Country Horsemen and trail associations are the way to stay in touch and speak up for your chosen recreational outlet.
Although we are not a trail riding club we have had group rides. In fact, two "Cowboy Picnics" included state legislators - some of which rode horses for their very first time!
The Right to Ride law only put in place the tools to use; now we have to stay diligent and ensure a successful outcome!
Our primary focus is to restore closed trails and open others. Our focus is to attend Natural Resource Commission (NRC) meetings to express our concerns; Equine Trails Subcommittee meetings to tell them of opportunities; to talk with state legislators and DNR managers to do everything that we can to preserve our trails here in Michigan. We as trail riders, have been lacking a clear singular unified voice. When you look at other recreational user groups, i.e., bikes, ORV users, snowmobiliers, etc., they already have that in place. The DNR has forced us then to be proactive and unite.
By having a strong diverse membership, we have the network to watch for the many issues that arise. We can rally support on a state-wide basis.
United We Stand, Divided We Fall!
Single membership - one vote
Family membership - two votes
Although the Right to Ride bill was signed into law, we still need to work with legislators and state agencies for a successful outcome. Please continue to send letters to key legislators as well as your own!
"Education / Right to Ride Fund"