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Fri - Sun

July 23-25

MN Horse EXPO MAPFHA not participating in 2021; dates listed are for informational purposes only

Sat July 31, 2021

Ride & Members' Social Event & 6pm Pizza

Crow Hassan Regional Park - Riverbend Campground,

Rogers, MN

Thurs - Sun

Aug 26 - 29

Group Riding and Camping Weekend at Bartels’ Farm


Sue & Jim Bartels Farm

Rochester, MN

All Event details in message below



Message from Lynda Zimmerman, President

Wednesday, July 7, 2021


Hello MAPFHA Members and Friends!


Summer is really here in all its glory, and I hope you’ve been enjoying the trails on your smooth Pasos! Bob and I just returned from the Black Hills for a week of riding with Chaco and the MN Trail Riders Assn. (MTRA) at Hell Canyon Horse Camp and RV Park. Chaco and I had fun riding to Mount Rushmore, as well as other local trails. We’re already planning another trip next summer, likely to the Broken Arrow Horse Camp just east of Custer. Bob has posted both his observer photos and my trail photos to his Flickr site and to our Facebook pages.


In addition to saving the dates mentioned above, I hope you will be able to attend the picnic and the camping weekend. RSVPs are requested for both events for planning purposes.


Sat., July 31, 6 p.m. Picnic at Riverbend Campground in Crow Hassan Regional Park, Rogers, MN. We’re planning an assortment of sub sandwiches, chips, sodas / waters and desserts. Members get a free meal. This is a social event, time to chat and reconnect, not a meeting. You are welcome to come earlier in the afternoon to ride, then tie your horse during the picnic. Riverbend Campground is open for horse trailer day use again this season.


The park website presents a summer map showing its location and the Riverbend campground. Riverbend Camp is NOT the same campground we have used in the past for our spring camping/potluck. It’s on the north end of the park near the Off-leash Dog park, on Territorial Road, Co. 116. If you plan to ride, you will need either a day trail pass (purchase at the main trailhead) or an annual pass (purchase online). This is different than the MN State Horse Trail pass because Crow Hassan is not a state park.  


Please RSVP to me if you plan to attend for food ordering purposes. I HOPE you can join us!


Thurs.- Sat., Aug. 26-29, 2021 – Susan and Jim Bartels have graciously offered to host MAPFHA members for a weekend of riding, camping and fun socializing at their farm near Rochester, MN. Their farm is located on a historic stagecoach stop, complete with one still-standing authentic brick wall and replicas of Old West store fronts.


The past two years have seen our weekend event cancelled due to rain in 2019, then Covid in 2020, so we’re ready and eager to make up for lost time. Jim maintains their groomed trails in park condition: up and down the hills, around the bean and corn fields and through the woods. Two easy crossings on the Zumbro River far upstream of Zumbro Bottoms add interest for the horses. Socializing and dining together in the large pole barn offer a great opportunity for sharing group games and laughter. We often potluck dinners but also frequently eat other meals together; a full-size refrigerator and electric outlets are available (bring your own food and some plan for potluck meals).


We can arrive on Thursday, depart on Sunday. Electric plug in is possible; horses can be corralled or pastured together with other guests, penned or tied to your trailer. Water for horses is available; bring your own hay. Jim cheerfully hauls manure away (bring a fork and bucket). Although there is no camping “fee,” a free will offering is appropriate to show appreciation for their hospitality.


Please RSVP to me if you plan to attend, and we hope you can join in! If you wish to renew your membership or join, you can do so at the picnic; the 2021 membership application is attached.


Happy Trails!


Lynda Zimmerman, President

Mid America Paso Fino Horse Assn.

Live, Laugh, Love, Ride!


Chuck Hauser, Treasurer and National Delegate

Janice Meyer, Secretary

Sharon Gallagher, Director at Large



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