Speakers, Topics for 2013 Kentucky Trail Summit Announced

Speakers, Topics for 2013 Kentucky Trail Summit Announced

Lecture topics will include being a considerate trail user, trail riding 101, safety on the trail, and more.

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The speakers and topics for the 2013 Kentucky Trail Summit have been finalized, organizers announced Oct. 2.

The summit is an annual event hosted by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) and the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) designed to bring trail riders together for education and networking opportunities. This year's event is scheduled for Nov. 15-16 at Natural Bridge State Park in Slade, Ky.

Lecture topics will include:

  • Being a considerate trail user;
  • Trailer maintenance and safety;
  • Trail riding 101;
  • Sharing the trail with mountain bikers;
  • Safety on the trail, and more.

A complete list of topics and a schedule of events are now available online.

Trail riding is a significant part of Kentucky's equine industry. Results from the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey show that one in three horses in the commonwealth are used for trail riding. The protection and care of Kentucky's trails is critical due to the fact that Kentucky has a small amount of public land compared to most other states.

"Hosting this trail education weekend is one of the most important things we do," said Anna Zinkhon, KHC president. "Cities are expanding and putting pressure on open land. Federal budgets for trail care and creation are being reduced. It is up to us, the users of these trails, to learn how to care for the trails, be good stewards of the land, and ride safely and responsibly."

Senator Robin Webb, a horse owner from Eastern Kentucky, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Other presenters include federal and state land managers, safety experts, trail maintenance experts, and experienced trail riders. Sunday features optional workshops and Cowboy Church.

"Promoting all aspects of the horse industry is key to KEEP's mission. We are proud to be able to host this event with KHC each year," said Cara Stewart, grassroots director of KEEP. "Most horse owners trail ride in addition to any other activity they participate in. We want to educate all horse owners on how to be good trail riders and stewards of the land."

Registration fees for the conference start at $30 for KHC or KEEP members; nonmembers pay a slightly higher fee. Registration information can be found at www.kytrailsummit.com.

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