We look forward to seeing many of you soon and thought you might like an update regarding developments at the Bucksnort Trail Ride.
2013 October ride is scheduled starting Monday, October 7 through Sunday, October 13. Meals begin with breakfast on the 7th and conclude with breakfast on the 13th. A Get-Acquainted event is scheduled for Sunday evening on October 6. While the camp ground is open during the weekend prior to the organized ride for early arrival, campers should bring their own food or plan to eat at local restaurants prior to the Monday morning breakfast.
First of all we want to thank campers at the June Ride for the positive comments regarding the fruit bar implemented during the ride. Chris Hooper, the kitchen manager, suggested the bar and it was approved. She enlisted the assistance of a friend who operates a produce market and is able to procure fresh fruit from the Nashville markets. As a result, fresh produce was delivered to the camp ground. We plan to continue the fruit bar and also add a bar featuring fresh-baked potatoes with a variety of toppings,including chili when featured on the lunch menu. The bars will be alternated during the week.
Keeping with the food “theme”, we request that campers observe the announced mealtime hours, especially in the evenings. Food preparation personnel average 15 hours a day and they need to leave as soon as possible after the evening meal cleanup is completed. Delaying the cleanup due to late eaters creates a host of issues.
Another change for the October ride will be eliminating all-day rides. We have found that most rides prefer to return to camp for lunch, take a breather for themselves and their horses and then possibly ride again in the afternoon. Guided afternoon rides will depart at 2 p.m. Also, Jimmy Moore and Dean Butler will be available to take out groups and/or individuals on special rides, as requested. They may offer to take you to places the organized rides seldom go and/or on trails you have never ridden.
Tony and the work crew will be on duty this week doing more trail clearing and also posting additional trail signs. If all goes as planned, numerous signs will be placed on properties adjacent to the horse camp and owned by neighbors, who have approved our development of trails on their land and the posting of signs. If you should have occasion to meet these property owners, please feel free to express your appreciations for opportunities to ride on their land. We are grateful for the on-going support we have received from the Poplar Grove-Bold Springs neighbors during the past and in the present.
In addition, good quality grass hay will be available at the camp along with shavings for stalls. Todd Wall will provide farrier service. He and his wife, DeAnn, will not serve as trail guides this fall. With two very active little girls, as well as shoeing horses, they don’t need the responsibility of leading rides. Speak with Todd or DeAnn directly or contact office personnel if you wish to schedule farrier services. Also, a horse-tack and related items fun auction will be scheduled. Feel free to bring items to enter in the auction.
Some of you using stalls in selected barns will be pleased with the recent “filling of holes” by Tony and crew, using sand and small creek gravel. Over the years, stall mucking, along with water flooding and poor drainage, numerous holes were produced. While the work is ongoing, perhaps holes in your stalls will be filled by October. If not, they should be by next year.
Ground bees became a major issue during the Labor Day ride and when work crews have been clearing/checking trails during the later summer months. While bees are normally dormant during the October ride, and we hope they are this year, riders may see signs or ribbons indicating the locations of known nests. It is possible that the nests could be disturbed by horse hoofs so it might be better to avoid use of those specific trail locations.
Music for listening and dancing will be provided for four nights of the October ride by the Wild Country Band, which has performed at Bucksnort for many years. James Gee and his band will not be returning since James has made a career-change decision and is now serving in the music ministry of his church. We appreciate his commitment to the ride for the past several years and will miss him and the band. We also wish him the very best in this new role has has assumed.
As implemented during the October 2012 ride, Gary Loux and crew will serve as welcoming hosts of the ride, identifying campers and visitors, reviewing Coggins papers, and providing other security services, as needed. We valued their work last year and pleased that their services will again be provided this year.
If you need to make contact with us, please use Tony’s cell phone, 615-419-6536 or the home phone (615 662-7512). Remember that the phone at the Bucksnort camp (931-582-4320)is used only during rides when someone is in the office.
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