Last weekend, Cranberry Mall in Westminster was alive with leisure activity representatives.
Among the displays for majorettes, soccer teams, National Guard units, gymnastics teams and Seniors in Action were two areas manned by members of the Carroll County Equestrian Council and Trail Riders of Today.
Hank Shirley, Janet Breeding, Carolyn Garber, Norma Schenning, Joe Zentgraf, and Angie, Sonny and Sharon Biddison covered the booths for the 11-hour event. They fielded questions about lessons and trail rides and provided information on horse-related events.
"We're starting to gear up for a lot of trail rides this fall," said Breeding of T.R.O.T. "Things kind of quiet down over the summer because it gets so hot, but we're organizing activities now all around the state."
For information about those activities call (301) 588-TROT.
Shirley, who is heavily involved in Hoofbeats 4-H, was "still getting over the State Fair."
"Our 4-H kids all did really well," he said, "but the days were long and tiring."
Garber, vice president of the Carroll County Equestrian Council, was proud of the recent honor given her organization by the DuPont Corporation. DuPont Cordura's Trails for Tomorrow award was presented to the CCEC for its work last June on National Trails Day.
"We were also awarded $500 that will go toward the new show ring," Garber said. "And we received about $2,000 worth of sports equipment that we will probably auction off to raise
money for the show ring."
Some horse trails closing
The annual hunting program is now in effect, and area horse trails will be closed at various times.
The trails at Union Mills are closed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and the Gillis Falls trails are closed Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 28. Both of these trails will be closed every day from Nov. 27 through Dec. 11 for firearms season.
There is no hunting program at Piney Run, so those trails are open seven days a week.
The Piney Run Recreation and Conservation Council has donated a board that has been set up in the Piney Run trail area to display a map of the trails and a calendar of events.
Hoofbeat riders excel
Jessica Wedeking, Heather Arnold and Melissa Miller of the Hoofbeats 4-H Saddle Club finished 1-2-3 in the Junior Equitation class at the recent Maryland State Fair.
The three young riders had tough competition from more than two dozen riders in this popular class.
Another Poker Ride planned
If you couldn't make today's Poker Ride at Union Mills, you have a chance to sign up for another one of these fun events.
The Carroll County Equestrian Council will have one more Poker Ride this season -- Oct. 17 at Morgan Run. Deadline to sign up is Oct. 12.
For an entry form call Sonny Biddison at (410) 833-4593 or the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks at (410) 857-2103.
New place to shop
Lynne Cloutier, who owns the Equestrian Connection in Hunt Valley, will be opening the Country Roads store Oct. 1 at Cranberry Mall in Westminster. She said her new shop will carry many horse-related gifts.