News from Bay Area Barns & Trails
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Greetings from Bay Area Barns & Trails!
It has been an active time for Bay Area Barns and Trails (BABT). In 2014, BABT was reinstated as a nonprofit and we were able to relaunch our Grant Program. 2015 followed as a solid year of outreach, research and making grants and gifts to equestrian and trail projects.

2016 is off to a good start! Once again, we are pleased be a sponsor for Bay Area Ridge Trail's 2016 Ridge to Bridge Ride. The 2015 Ridge to Bridge in the Marin Headlands was a great success, with over 30 horses and riders attending. Our founder, the late Barbara Weitz, pioneered the precursor event Ride for the Ridge in 1989. Barbara would be delighted to see the increase in equestrian attendance over the past 2 years! Special thanks to our Board members, Lyndall Erb and Morris Older, for assisting with the planning and organization of the 2015 event. 

This year's Ridge to Bridge is on April 30, 2016. We encourage you to sign up and ride, bike or hike the trail. For details on how to participate and fees, please visit Bay Area Ridge Trail
Bay Area Barns and Trails will be opening applications for Spring 2016 on May 1. Please visit our Programs & Projects page to learn more and to download the form. Questions? Contact 
2015 Grants — Since its founding in 2000 BABT has raised and given over $259,000 to equestrian interest projects around the Bay Area. In 2015, BABT grants and gifts totaled $27,000. These included: 

• Funds for Marin Stables and Trails for a round pen project to facilitate outreach programs. 

• A grant to Ocean Riders of Marin for fence line adjunstments to improve site drainage and watershed protection. 

• Funding for a retaining wall and trail improvements near the junction of the Alambique and Loop Trails in Wunderlich County Park awarded to San Mateo County Parks Foundation. (photos above)
• An annual grant to Tilden Wildcat Horsemen’s Association providing matching funds to help support the East Bay Hills Trails Benefit Ride. (photos above) 

• A grant to Trail Partners to assist with educational materials for a safety awareness program for equestrians, bikers and hikers on public lands.

• A grant providing funds for Volunteers for Outdoor California to construct a new multi-use trail at Franklin Canyon, connecting to the Bay Area Ridge Trail in Fernandez Ranch and Pinole Watershed. (photos above) 

• Funding to Diamond Equine Services for construction of a manure bunker to facilitate expansion of equestrian activities at Oakland’s City stables. 

• A grant to the Sonoma County Parks Foundation for multi-use trail building at Taylor Mountain Regional Park. (photos above)

• Co-sponsored the Ridge Trail Council’s 2015 Ridge to Bridge event.

• At year’s end, BABT was pleased to make additional gifts of $800 each to: the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, Ocean Riders of Marin County, Volunteers for Outdoor California, Bear Creek Stables in Santa Clara County. BABT also gifted $500 to the Equestrian Land Conservation Trust.

Please visit our Programs & Projects page to learn more or download the grant application.
OUTREACH: Last year we connected to the equestrian and land use planning communities in conference and booth attendance.  We attended Woodside's Day of the Horse, Portola Valley Celebration of the Horse, the Bay Area Open Space Conference, and the California Trails and Greenways Conference.  

In Marin, Board members attended Park meetings regarding the Redwood Creek Trail & Dias connector, and spoke at the San Anselmo Open Space Committee in support of Sky Ranch. Agency letters were submitted in support of Sky Ranch; the Marin Open Space Road and Trail Management Plan; and Redwood Creek/Dias Trail connector. BABT members attended San Mateo County Parks meetings and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District meetings to address trail issues and help Bear Creek Stables in Santa Clara County. BABT has also participated in meetings to address State Park trails in the Bay Area and GGNRA in both Marin and San Mateo counties. 

Additionally, BABT began a
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JOINING US: In 2015, BABT appealed to the equestrian community for new advisors. As a result, Sahar and Joel Bartlettt joined us as advisors representing Sonoma County. In our February 2016 meeting we voted Ted Kerfoot, from Back Country Horsemens’, onto our Board of Directors representing Sonoma County. Welcome! 

BABT seeks to expand its Advisory Board to include Napa, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Solano counties. If you are interested in serving on our advisory board please contact us at
BABT thanks its pubic and the horse community for their continuing support and interest in our activities. And we’ve been pleased to learn that in several cases our gifts have helped attract additional support for projects. Our grant to the East Bay Hills ride was one of several that helped make this event a success and enabled  proceeds to be shared out to the following groups for trail and stable projects: Metropolitan Horsemens’ Association, City Stables, Tilden Wildcat Horsemens’ Association, Volunteers for  Outdoor California, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Oakland City Parks and the EBRPD’s Ivan Dickson Volunteer Trail Maintenance Program. Our continued gifting to Ocean Riders in Marin County has helped it qualify for a large grant from the Portuguese American Heritage Association. 

In the coming  year BABT looks forward to working with old friends and making new ones. We urge equestrians to engage with us in identifying, researching, and proposing projects as well as join us in raising funds so that horses and riders remain a welcome and permanent part of our Bay Area landscape, but most especially … on our public lands.
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Donate to BABT's Grant Program and help us in our mission to preserve the equestrian trail experience in the Bay Area.  

Visit our
website for more information on our programs or to sign up to help today. Or, contact Lise Stampfli Torme 415-457-1940 or Lyndall Erb  650-728-1326. 
Many thanks and happy trails!  

The Board of Directors, Bay Area Barns and Trails 
Lise Stampfli Torme, President
Lyndall Erb, Vice President
Marilynn Terstegge, Secretary
Morris Older, Treasurer
Karen Johnson, Board Member
Ted Kerfoot, Board Member
Bay Area Barns and Trails was incorporated as a California non-profit corporation in November 1999. Since 2000 BABT has helped conservation minded equestrians preserve and restore natural areas and wildlife habitat, maintain parks and public open space, equestrian facilities, trails and trailheads by awarding over $259,000.00­ in matching funds to land trusts, agencies and/or equestrian organizations. 
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