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August Trip to South Dakota:
Just an FYI if you are looking for a group to tag along with to the Black Hills. Jan and Marv Meyer, and Bob and Lynda Zimmerman, are planning a week at Hay Creek Resort near Nemo, SD, Aug. 13-18. None of us have been there before, but their website looks/sounds great with national forest trails surrounding them on three sides. They cater to horses and riders; it’s not just an RV park. Doug and Jody Lindgren usually have a booth at the MN Horse Expo if you want to check it out. Feel free to join us; but, make your own arrangements. We’ll leave Sat. and plan to arrive Sun., 13th, departing on Friday, 18th.
Fall MidAmerica Event:
Reserve your campsite and join us at Ft. Ridgely State Park Oct. 13-15 for our End-of-the-Season trail ride/camping event. Ft. Ridgely Equestrian campground has many electric sites, water faucets at each site, flush toilets and showers, an RV dump station, and beautiful fall colors on the prairie trails and in the woods. It will be a lovely place for fall trail riding. I can smell the campfires now and feel the crisp morning air! Plan for a potluck again Saturday night. This is a MN state park open to the public, and MidAmerica is not reserving the entire campground as we can do at Crow Hassan. Reserve your site now before they’re all taken!
Crow-Hassan Season Kick-off:
Welcome to Spring Ride Season! The Crow-Hassan Season Kick-off on May 12-14 (Mother’s Day weekend). We are offering a temporary/guest membership for friends and family you may want to bring along for camping and/or riding (see details below).
MAPFHA memberships: For insurance purposes and because MAPFHA is paying the camping fee, annual or temporary/guest memberships are required for those bringing a horse and rig to the campground whether you stay overnight or not. Temporary/guest memberships are $5 per individual; $15 per family. Annual memberships are $20 per individual; $30 per family (form link below). See Chuck at the campground regarding memberships. A membership is not required if you just drive in for the potluck (no horse or trailer). If you just want to day-ride and not pay for a membership, you can park in the trailhead lot and ride over; you will be welcome to ride with us!
For your planning purposes, we must vacate the campground by 1 p.m. Sunday to allow park staff to take out the trash and lock the gate. If we can get an extension of that checkout time, we will announce it at the Potluck (we won’t know until Friday). If not, all vehicles and trailers must be out of the campground by the deadline. If the weather is cold and wet, we will hold the potluck in the campground shelter. All riders will need a park horse trail pass (see details below). Firewood is provided for our use, but you can bring in milled wood or local firewood purchased from a park-approved vendor with certified tag (see the Three Rivers Parks website).