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JUNE 2010 THE RIDER /13 2010 Ontario Trail Riders Association Board of Directors

President Janice Clegg

Everett, ON L0M 1J0 Home: 705-434-0816 Cell: 519-940-1445, Work: 800-360-5821, Email:

1st Vice President / Booth/ Ride Schedule Marvin Halladay Orton, ON L0N 1N0 Home: 519-787-2307 Cell: 519-938-0695


Web Site/ Membership Wendy Downer Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0 Home: 705-322-0287 Email:

The Store/ Sue Hagerman

Campbellford, ON K0L 1N0 Home: 705-653-2666 Email:


Karin Zawadowsky Toronto, ON M9P 3T2 (647) 239-6509


Secretary Kari Kelly

Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0 (705) 322-6338,


2nd Vice/ Admin/ Education Marjory Morden Durham, ON (519) 369-1356


Trail Development Ruth Pugh

Woodstock, ON 519-424-3661 Email:

Member Liason/ PR/Promotions Ann Murray Waterford, ON 519-443-5706 Email:

Treasurer Jan Belanger

Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0 Home: 705-322-2027 Email:

Ontario Trails Council / Ontario Equestrian Federation Regional Representative Coordinator Bonnie Simpson

Kirkfield ON K0M 2B0 Home: 705-438-5752 Email:

Horses in the Park Diane Van Keulen

Beaverton, ON L0K 1A0, 705-426-1307 Email:

OTRA: Box 3038, Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0 •

The Ontario Trail Riders Association Inc, established in 1970, is an equestrian organization which promotes recreational trail riding and the creation, development, preservation and safe use of trails.

OTRA and its members represent the equestrian trail user with the Ontario Trails Council, Ontario Equestrian Federation and Equine Canada. We welcome your membership to help sup- port the voice of OTRA on your behalf. For more information please visit our website at

News from the Board

Ontario Trail Riders Association Board of Directors, May meeting saw us with 2 new Directors - Shirley Bodnar- chuk and Morris Radomsky, but I’m sorry to say that Sue Hagerman has decided to step down, so you won’t be seeing Sue & Rich lugging the Store around with them. Thank you Sue for the assistance you have supplied to Otra. Most of the Direc- tor’s positions have remained the same, but a full listing is included in the header for your convenience. Please feel free to contact any of the directors with any ideas, questions, concerns or comments you may have.

The Store is going to take on a new appearance – we will be putting it on the

otra web site ( You will be able to order items at any time and either arrange for pickup or pay a small fee for shipping. The Store will also be at the Fun D Ride, Annual General Meeting and any of the Larger Fairs. What would you like to see the store carry?? Please email your ideas to . Please remember, that if you have not received your Otra Calendar as yet, then, there is a good possibility that we have not received your renewal or we may not have a correct address. You can email membership at wnewdawn@xplor- for verification. We are getting a good response to the Survey that was included with your Calendar, if you have

2010 OTRA Board of Directors Update

At the May 20, 2010 Ontario Trail Riders Association Board of Directors meeting, the board members assigned roles and responsibilities to achieve OTRA’s goals for the coming year. Jan- ice Clegg agreed to continue her role as President and will be assisted by Marvin Halladay, Vice-President and Marjory Morden as 2nd Vice-President.

Jan Belanger continues as our Trea- surer along with Kari Kelly as Secretary. Shirley Bodnarchuk, a new addition to our board, takes over responsibility for Administration. In advocacy roles, Ruth Pugh continues her responsibilities for Trail Development and Bonnie Simpson continues as the OTRA representative on the Ontario Trails Council and the Ontario Equestrian Federation. Bonnie will also continue to be the liaison director for our network of Regional Representatives

throughout the Province. Regional Repre- sentatives are OTRA’s eyes and ears to monitor development, access and use of equestrian trails across Ontario. Wendy Downer continues as the Membership Director and Web Site Coordinator. Wendy has also agreed to take on respon- sibility for educational initiatives. Morris Radomsky, another new Director, will take on responsibility for fund-raising and special projects.

not answered it yet, please do so and send it in by July 15th. We hope to have the results tabulated by the end of July.

It is important that you verify the use of the trails that you ride. For instance the trails at Dufferin County Forest near Mansfield are Multi Use trails in the Sum- mer months. During the winter months the Snow Mobile

Clubs and Cross Country Skiers use the trails. Should you be approached by other users of the Forest regarding the use of the trails, please explain that they are multi use trails and explain that the Forest Manager of Duf- ferin County can verify that use.

Janice Clegg President

2010 OTRA Board of Directors Update

The OTRA survey was distributed to all those members who attended the April 18th AGM in person and was mailed during the last two weeks of April, along with the OTRA 2010 Event Calendar, to all members not at the AGM. The survey includes a stamped return enve- lope so we would really appreciate if our members could return it to us by July 15, 2010 at the latest. We have already received a very good return rate of the surveys but hope to hear from many more of you in the coming


This is your opportunity to express your views on the work that OTRA is doing and what is really impor- tant to you as an equestrian trail user. We will be tabulat- ing the results and analyzing your opinions over the summer and will provide you with a report in a future article in The Rider. If for some reason you did not receive the survey or have misplaced yours, please con- tact our membership director at

Big Ben Memorial Trail News

A warm welcome to our new direc- tors, Shirley and Morris and special thanks to all our director volunteers for the many hours of service that they dedi- cate to promote the interests of equestrian trail users. Details of all the new roles and responsibilities are shown in the OTRA banner at the top of this page.

Karin Zawadowsky Newsletter Editor

Ride Schedule Change

Members please take note that the ride listed in the 2010 Event Calendar for Ganaraska Forest as July 17 and 18 should in fact be July 10 and 11, 2010. All other details remain the same so

please consult your Event Calendar and also remember to RSVP to the host. Our apologies to Sue Hagerman, ride host and to all members who are planning to attend.

The inaugural meeting of the Big Ben Memorial Trail Committee (BBMTC) was held in February, 2010. The committee now has status as a sub-committee of the Lanark County Municipal Trails Corporation (LCMTC) with Val Wilkinson, Mississippi Mills Township Coun- cilor, LCMTC Board Director, serving as liaison between the two Committees.

The purpose of the meeting was to appoint a Chair and provide the opportunity for members to serve as leaders for one or more of the following action groups: 1. Trail Development, 2. Funding, 3. Trail Maintenance and Sustainability and, 4. Promotion and Marketing. The Committee appointed Gayda Errett as Chair. Members volunteered to serve either as leaders or members for one or more action groups.


Members of the group include: Philip Thompson, Leader (Friends of Ontario Recreational Trails and Part- ners); Brian Anderson, Forester, Mississippi Valley Con- servation (serving the group as our official guide); two members from the Madawaska Pleasure Riders (Al Sloan and Ray Elliston); and Gayda Errett. Our second tour of the Lavant Forest was conducted on

April 12th (this is the forest where the BBMT will be located). It is essential to have an overview of the poten- tial areas within the forest that would link onto some old MNR logging roads and snowmobile trails. At times, the trail would cross the existing main logging road used by motorized users and mountain bikers. The trail will not interfere with existing users and their current activities. It is anticipated that a meandering trail throughout the forest would be approximately 15-25 kms. The trail will be available for three seasons and developed in a manner not to interfere with the eco-sys- tem. It will be a true wilderness trail that will accommo- date horseback riders, families, bird watchers, hikers, school groups, field naturalists, therapeutic riding trail events, snowshoers, cross-country skiers and hunters during their season. The trail will be closed to other users. The Spring Tour was by vehicle with some walka- bouts especially at two of the scenic destinations: Bottle and Dixon Lakes. We spent four hours in the forest in picture-perfect weather conditions, free of bugs. One other resource person the BBMTC has is Jeff Ward, MNR. Jeff not only served as the head guide dur- ing the two years we scouted for potential locations for the trail, but also provided excellent MNR maps that will enable the group to locate an appropriate area to develop the BBMT (especially accessing the three pristine wood- land lakes).

More information about this initiative as available at the new Big Ben Memorial Trail website: http://the-

Gayda Erret, Chair Big Ben Memorial Trail Committee

Co-Founder and Equestrian Advisor-Friends of Ontario Recreational Trails and Partners

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