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Greetings from Bay Area Barns & Trails!
Now that we have been reactivated for a few years, we have been quite busy getting our grant support to a number of groups and organizations. In 2016, we reviewed, researched and awarded 11 grants and other gifts totaling $36,540 to assist with important stable and trail projects in the Bay Area. In addition to the grants, we supported the Bay Area Ridge Trail as a co-sponsor of the 2016 Ridge to Bridge Ride, Committee for Green Foothills, and Equestrian Land Conservation Resource.

Highlights from our 2016 grants, for a full listing of 2016 grants please visit our website.  
•  Bear Creek Stables: Safe fencing for fire/emergency holding area.
•  McNee Ranch: Trail building tools.
•  Tilden Wildcat Horsemen’s Association: East Bay Hills Benefit Ride.
•  V-O-CAL: Trail construction at Lime Ridge and Taylor Mountain.
•  Access Adventure: Stall mats and sidewalk area improvement for ADA. 
2017 GRANT DEADLINES: May 1 and November 1
Bay Area Barns and Trails will be receiving applications for Spring 2017 on or before May 1. Please visit our  Programs & Projects  page to learn more and to download the form. 
In 2017 we will continue to be a sponsor for Bay Area Ridge Trail's 2017 Ridge to Bridge Ride. The 2016 Ridge to Bridge in the Marin Headlands was a great success, with over 30 horses and riders attending. We are 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 2016 event.
This year's Ridge to Bridge is on April 22, 2017. 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
OUTREACH: Last year we connected to the equestrian and land use planning communities in conference and booth attendance. We attended Portola Valley’s Celebration of the Horse, California State Parks Foundation Advocacy Day in Sacramento and the California Trails and Greenways Conference.
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.
 
STRATEGIC PLANNING: As an organization, in late 2016 our Board began formulating its strategic plan and hired a consultant. In February 2017 we will hold a facilitated retreat, incorporating the feedback of our advisors and stakeholders in order to build on our past success and map our future. 
 
OUR BOARD: We are excited to be adding 2 new Directors at our next meeting. We also added some new advisors and are looking for more.
 
We are grateful and give thanks to our past President, Lise Stampfli Torme, for the time and direction she gave to our organization. Her excellent judgment and ability to think through complex issues will be missed. We wish Lise all the best in future projects!
BABT seeks to expand its Advisory Board to include Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Solano counties.
If you are interested in serving on our advisory board please contact us at
babtt@sonic.net 
Please be our eyes and ears on what is important to horse people in your region. We depend on your input to learn about opportunities to support meaningful projects that have promise to improve, create or promote public access to public barns and trails in your area. 
 
Be sure to “like” us on our Facebook page, and use our page to share any news in the area. Please visit our website for more information about our programs, or contact Lyndall Erb at 650-728-1326. 
 
Many thanks and happy trails!  

The Board of Directors, Bay Area Barns and Trails 
Lyndall Erb, President
Marilynn Terstegge, Secretary
Morris Older, Treasurer
Karen Johnson, 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 $300,000­ in matching funds to land trusts, agencies and/or equestrian organizations. 
 
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