Equestrian center plans activities for Earth Day


Carroll County Equestrian Center in Mount Airy will be the site Sunday for a jousting clinic and demonstration, scavenger hunts and guided hikes to celebrate Earth Day.

The daylong event is sponsored by the Carroll County Equestrian Council as part of the national effort to focus attention on local recreation and parks projects.

Carroll County is one of 500 communities across the country participating in the "March for Parks" Earth Day activities sponsored by the National Parks and Conservation Association,

a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the U.S. National Park System.

March for Parks events are organized by local groups to benefit nearby parks. All proceeds go to projects chosen by the coordinating groups.

"It's an opportunity for recreation groups to highlight their own areas by becoming a 'March' partner," said Carolyn A. Garber, the equestrian council's vice president.

The equestrian council is a volunteer organization that works in cooperation with the county Department of Recreation and Parks to promote public equine recreational opportunities.

The council is active in the development of multiuse trails that may be used by equestrians.

Sunday's events will begin at noon with a jousting clinic for registered participants. The clinic will be taught by Mike Virts, an eight-time national jousting champion and 14-time state champion.

From noon to 3 p.m., an equestrian's scavenger hunt and a hiker's scavenger hunt will take place along the trails at Carroll County Equestrian Center.

The Catoctin chapter of the Sierra Club will lead a hike on the trails at 2 p.m.

Members of the Central Maryland Jousting Club will participate in a ring tournament in costume at 3 p.m.

All money raised from the day's events will benefit projects at the equestrian center, said Jennie DeArmey, facilities coordinator for the county's Department of Recreation and Parks. The projects include completing the riding rings, bringing electricity to the facility and installing an announcer's stand.

Admission to the March for Parks event is $2 per vehicle. Free pine seedlings will be distributed to the first 100 vehicles.

The equestrian center is on Grimville Road off Flag Marsh Road in the Gillis Falls Reservoir area in Mount Airy.

Information: (410) 857-2103.

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