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News from Bay Area Barns & Trails
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Dear Equestrian Friends,
The Bay Area Barns and Trails (BABT) Board shares our latest news and extends fond greetings for the coming year. We invite you to join us in making 2015 active and filled with opportunity for equestrians. 
 
2014 was a banner year for BABT, during which we recommitted to serving the 9 Bay Area counties as a strong, non-profit advocate for public access to equestrian facilities and trails. 
 
As an organization, we solidified our Board of Directors into a committed and productive team, and re-established our grant program, dormant since 2011. In 2014 we reviewed, researched and awarded a total of $25,000 to assist eight important stable and trail projects in five counties. 
 
Our 2014 Grants aided several types of projects around the bay. In the North Bay we helped finance a water delivery system to a pasture bordering public lands, arena improvements to a publicly owned stable and environmental protection projects at a Golden Gate National Recreation Area stable. In the East Bay we funded educational outreach and participation grants for the East Bay Hills Trails Benefit Ride and trail staging area improvements in San Ramon. In Santa Clara County we helped finance a new water trough on the Bay Area Ridge Trail, and an environmental site plan for a stable. In San Mateo County we helped renovate a key equestrian bridge on a trail in the Crystal Springs trail system.

Photos from several 2014 Grant recipients. Top: Horse Hill's new municipal water system. Left: 2014 East Bay Hills Trails Benefit Ride and Hike. Right: Huddart Park bridge with the new railings. For more information about these grants and our Grants Program please visit our Programs & Projects page.

 

Additionally, BABT continued its tradition of advocacy for local equestrian interests. We joined equestrian groups and community residents in advocating for continued equestrian boarding operations at Sky Ranch, in Marin, as it transitions to public ownership. In the South Bay, we contributed to environmental impact planning at Bear Creek Stables, located on a MROSD preserve in Los Gatos. 
    
In May, BABT participated in Park Advocacy Day in Sacramento with the California State Park Foundation. We also have been participating in planning for a new bridge on the Coastal Trail where it goes through Half Moon Bay State Beach, and asked for the existing trail to be fixed while the bridge is out.  We continue to participate in the planning for trails and public barns in the Golden Gate National Recreational Area both in Marin and San Mateo county.
  
Your assistance will be vital as we move forward. 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. 
 
There are many ways to help BABT and we invite you to phone, or email, your interest and/or make a tax deductible donation. If you know of a project or issue in your area that could use BABT advocacy, please contact babtt@sonic.net. If you would like to know more about becoming an advisory board member or regional expert for your area, please contact babtt@sonic.net or any of our Board members.
 
Visit our website for more information on our programs and activities 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!  
  
Lise Stampfli Torme, President, Bay Area Barns and Trails and the BABT Board
Lyndall Erb, Vice President
Karen Johnson, Secretary
Morris Older, Treasurer
Marilynn Terstegge, Board Member

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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 $176,000­ in matching funds to thirty-nine land trusts, agencies and/or equestrian organizations. 
 
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