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Trails Challenge: April 1 - June 5, 2021
How are you doing on our Trails Challenge? According to our RunSignUp, Marin County is currently in the lead, so giddy up! Sign up here.
Have fun and help your county win a $2,500 grant for trail improvements! The goal of Bay Area Barns and Trails (BABT) Trails Challenge is to promote use of our local trails by equestrians and support multi-use trails. This is a virtual challenge where you keep track of your ride miles and share with us photos of your favorite trails. 

Track your rides any way it works for you. This challenge is honor based, self guided and done at your own risk. Learn more here.  Participation is FREE, but please consider a donation to show your support for BABT, trails and open spaces! Visit our website to make a donation.
News and Updates
Congratulations to our recent grant recipients! BABT funds will help Diablo Equestrian Heritage Association build a trail obstacle training course to increase safety by exposing horses to obstacles that may be found on the trail. Another grant from BABT has helped co-sponsor the Ridge to Bridges event, running from April 22 to June 5th. Sign up for 2021 Ridge to Bridges.

Sustainable Equine Management: A grant from BABT helped to fund this educational webinar! The main presenter is Alayne Blickle, a life-long equestrian and founder and director of Horses For Clean Water. Learn about best practices while helping to mitigate water pollution. Click here to view the webinar.
Save Mount Diablo is partnering with the Concord Mt. Diablo Trail Ride Association to permanently protect 154 acres of one of the most strategic and important properties on Mount Diablo’s main peaks. Learn more here.
Click on photo to see the video.
Ranch Readiness: With another drought year ahead, it is wise to be prepared. Please check out the fantastic resources and videos at The HALTER Project.

200-acre Fitzsimmons Ranch added to Sonoma County’s Hood Mountain Regional Park. Read more here.

Spring Down owner gifts equestrian center to Portola Valley. Read more here.
Events
Barns and Trails: Trails Challenge April 1 - June 5. Have fun and help your county win a $2,500 grant for trail improvements! Track your rides any way it works for you. This challenge is free, honor based, self guided and done at your own risk. Learn more here. 
Ridge to Bridges: April 1 - June 5. Form a team with your barn or Horse Organization and help fundraise for the Ridge Trail. Ridge to Bridges 2021 is a self-guided adventure for hikers, runners, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Remember to count your miles from the Ridge to Bridges event towards BABT's Trails Challenge and help both organizations! Learn more here.
BABT is a co-sponsor of Ridge to Bridges. This great event was conceived by BABT's founder, Barbara Weitz, over 30 years ago!
2021 Slow and Say Hello! Summer Outpost Schedule: Test your trail etiquette knowledge and learn how to tread lightly in our parks and open space preserves at the Marin County Slow & Say Hello! trailhead outposts this summer. See schedule here. If you and your horse are able to volunteer, please contact amoryhw@comcast.net  
Interested in learning more about upcoming events in the horse community?  Check out Bay Area Equestrian Network's Event Calendar, and the Horsin' Around! Calendar, a free email calendar to learn about Bay Area clubs and organizations and their activities. 
Thank you to our recent supporters!
Much gratitude to the following organizations and individuals for their generous support of BABT. 

Organizations: Alto Bowl Horseowners Association, Concord Mt Diablo Trail Ride Association, Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek, Friends of Bear Creek Stables, Horse Hill, Los Altos Hills Horseman Association, Los Viajeros Riding Club, Marin Horse Council, Marin Stables & Trials, Metropolitan Horsemen’s Association, Miwok Stables Center, Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, Ocean Riders of Marin, Orinda Horsemen's Association, San Francisco Horsemen's Association, San Mateo County Horsemen's Association, San Martin Horsemen’s Association, Sonoma County Driving & Riding Club, Tilden-Wildcat Horsemen's Association.

Individuals: SG Arts, Julie Atwood, Teri Baron, Sahar and Joel Bartlett, Candy Bates, John and Marlia Berg, B Blum, Michelle Burrill, Alice Caldwell, Cecily and Larry Cassel, Terry Church, Joe and Teresa Coleman, Kim Damelio, Donna Davidson, Rick and Kerry DeBenedetti, Lisa Dunmeyer, Annie Ellicott, Lyndall Erb, Joseph Ehrmann, Ellie Ferrari, Janice Frazier, Judith Forrest, Jo Gardner, Denise Gilseth, Suzanne Gooch  Karen Gregory, Anita Harnmuanphongs, Stephanie Holdenried, Rick Holland, Elizabeth Hudson, Mary Page Hufty, Karen Johnson, Abigail Killey, Zoe Kersteen-Tucker, Patricia Kittredge, Tracy Lemmon, Pat Potter McAndrews, John McDonald Productions, Marilyn Miller, Melany Moore, Michael Murphy, Morris Older, Deborah Padilla, Alice Phillipson, Jessica Pinto, Maureen Pinto, Don Pugh, Kathy Risso, Sarah Rivers, Alice Schofield, Leida Schoggen, Patricia Swenson, Marilynn Terstegge, Laura Jo Turner, Linda and Robert Upton, Anne Van Camp, Taylor Whitney, Amory and Reese Willis, Osa Wolff. 
For more information about our programs please visit our website, email us at babt@sonic.net or contact Lyndall Erb at 650-888-2799. 

The Board of Directors, Bay Area Barns and Trails 
Lyndall Erb, President  |  Marilynn Terstegge, Secretary  |  Morris Older, Treasurer  |  Sahar Bartlett, Board Member  |  Janice Frazier, Board Member  |  Mary Page Hufty, Board Member  |  Pat McAndrews, Board Member  |  Leida Schoggen, Board Member  |  Amory Willis, 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 approximately $390,000 in matching funds to land trusts, agencies and/or equestrian organizations. 
 
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