Land Conservation

D1 Standard: Land Conservation

List 3 places in your area where you see horse activities taking place.  Include where you have your mounted meetings.

D2 Standard: Land Conservation

Talk with your grandparents, parents, instructors, and/or older friends and neighbors about where they rode when they were young and how it is different today.

D3 Standard: Land Conservation

Name 3 important rules when riding across privately-owned land.

Write thank you notes to two landowners who support your club and tell them why you appreciate being able to use their land.  If you ride on public land, write a thank-you note to the manager or contact person.

C1 Standard: Land Conservation

Name 3 different uses of land on which you or others ride.

If your region conducts an Eventing Rally, who owns the land and what is the total acreage?

Identify one place in your area previously used for equestrian activities that is no longer available.

C2 Standard: Land Conservation

Name the zoning requirements for the county in which you keep your horse.

Know what public land is available to ride on in your county.

HB Standard: Land Conservation

Provide a letter from the DC certifying the candidate’s involvement in a local, regional, or national equine land conservation issue or project.  This letter will be brought to the test and the candidate will discuss the project or issue with Examiners.

H/HA Standard: Land Conservation

Discuss the relationship between land conservation concerns and initiatives and equine sports and horse management.  Discussion may include current or future challenges from the local area to the global environment.

Describe appropriate methods to include land conservation awareness into an unmounted curriculum.


Eventing Rally

Location:  South Farm

Total Acreage:  110

XC Course Acreage:  40-50

For USEA 3-Day Training Level, neighboring properties are needed

Websites you should check out:

www.ohiohorsemanscouncil.com

www.pennsylvaniaequinecouncil.com

How to locate public horse trails in your area:

State Parks:  www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/recreation/equest.aspx

www.dnr.state.oh.us/facilitiesmaps/ohiobridletrails/tabid/496/Default.aspx

State Forests:

www.ohiodnr.com/tabid/5157/Default.aspx

www.americantrails.org

www.pa-conservation.org/horse.html

HB Project Ideas

Join the Pennsylvania Equine Council or Ohio Horsemans Council and do one of the following:

Become your pony club’s representative to the Council, attending local meetings and reporting back to your DC and the club

Get involved and help with a fundraiser

Get involved and help with a trail building or clean up project

Organize pony club volunteers for a trail clean up day

Create a map of all the public trails in your area and distribute it to your pony club members

If there’s a hiking/biking trail project in your area (or a Rails-to-Trails project), convince them to include horses.  This may mean getting signatures and support from interested horse people, or researching and presenting information to the trail committee.