at a new location – Apple Knoll Farm, 25 Forest Lane, Millis, MA
Sponsored by Yered Trailers, Medfield, MA
Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. (BSTRA) is planning a 25th Anniversary Celebration of National Trails Day on Sunday, June 11th, 2017 at an exciting new location – Apple Knoll Farm, conveniently located in Millis, MA. We invite you to come out and join us for this opportunity to ride 8 – 9 miles of the beautiful trails on the farm’s 300+ acres plus trails and on abutting conservation land — and to participate in our other festivities being held at this event.
Why such a big celebration? Because if there was just one day of the year that defined what BSTRA is all about, it is National Trails Day!
National Trails Day (NTD) exists to encourage all Americans to get outside, connect with local outdoor clubs, businesses, community groups, and parks and recreation departments as well as federal land managing agencies to experience, appreciate and celebrate trails — the natural places where they can find scenery, peace, happiness and health. Dedicated volunteers, outdoor enthusiasts, trail lovers, and those new to the outdoors are all key ingredients to National Trails Day. It’s a time to give back to trails and introduce new people to the outdoors.
It is in that spirit of National Trails Day that BSTRA holds an annual NTD fundraising event to raise money for Massachusetts trail projects.
Apple Knoll Farm, Millis, MA Participants at Previous NTD Event
Join the Celebration….Festivities start at 9:30 AM with registration check-in
Open to both BSTRA members and the public, the event offers marked trails for horseback riding and hiking– an opportunity to get the whole family out to enjoy our beautiful trails. After enjoying time on the scenic trails of Apple Knoll Farm and abutting conservation land, return to the parking area for lunch, presentation of awards, and raffle of items donated by BSTRA’s many NTD prize sponsors. This year’s NTD event is sponsored by Yered Trailers of Medfield, MA, but there are many other sponsors who have made the prize packages, raffle table and lunch so awesome. Go to our Business Sponsor Directory (Sponsors tab) to view all our business sponsors.
How to Participate—Registration
There are three ways to participate.
(1) Come to ride, enjoy lunch and the raffle: Pay the registration fee to participate: $30 for adults, $15 for juniors, and $15 for lunch only.
(2) Ride and Collect Sponsors: Register same as above and download your NTD Sponsor Papers.. Your registration fee can be refunded when you collect $100 or more on your NTD Sponsor Papers. Get your NTD Papers in advance and collect tax-deductible sponsor contributions for Massachusetts trail improvements. Sponsor checks are to be made payable to BSTRA, Inc. The eight participants bringing in the largest dollar amount in sponsor contributions will each be awarded generous prize packages to thank them for their efforts.
(3) Collect Sponsors Only: Register online and be sure to check off the box that you are collecting sponsors only. Sponsor checks are to be made payable to BSTRA, Inc. You will still be eligible for the prize packages for the top eight participants as long as your NTD Sponsor Papers and collections are submitted to NTD Organizer, c/o 76 NW Main St,, Douglas, MA 01516 and received by June 10th; or come join us for lunch on National Trails Day and submit them in person prior to the 11 am deadline.
Although pre-registration is not necessary to ride, it is recommended in order to receive a gift bag given to the first 50 registered participants.
What Paid Registration Provides to Participants
♦ Access to marked trails thru the Apple Knoll private property and abutting conservation land
♦ BSTRA NTD Gift Bag including commemorative tote bag and embroidered cap, as well as other goodies to first 50 registered participants
♦ A Delicious Lunch
♦ Competition for Prizes for 8 Top Sponsorship Collections
♦ Free Raffle Ticket
♦ Participation in huge Raffle with more than $2,000 in prizes
♦ The knowledge that you gave back to trails
Need Overnight Stabling or Day Stall?
Apple Knoll offers temporary stabling to participants traveling distances for this event. Pricing is: $40 per night and $25 per day
Please contact Apple Knoll at 508-376-2564 for details and to reserve a stall in their temporary stabling barn
Dr. Skiffington of Ocean State Equine Associates will be offering a Microchipping Clinic at the event between 11 am and 2 pm. Take advantage of the convenience and savings of microchipping your horse at our National Trails Day event. Pricing is just $65 instead of the regular price of $80 — plus you will be saving the cost of a farm call. In the spirit of National Trails Day, Ocean State will give BSTRA $5 for each horse microchipped at our event to help fund trail projects.
If you are planning to have your horse microchipped at this event, you will need to reserve a spot by June 2 at the latest. Please email email@example.com with your name, email address, telephone number and number of horses you will have for the clinic. Note: You don’t need to participate in the ride in order to take part in the clinic.
Trail Projects are Funded by this Event
Every year BSTRA puts money into our MA trail system. We select trails which are badly in need of maintenance, whether it is brushing back, grading, adding fill, correcting erosion issues, cleaning out or adding drainage ditches, repairing or building bridges, adding trail signage — or some combination of these trail improvements.
BSTRA has trail projects already in the pipeline for 2017.
One project is located in Mendon and involves improvements to the Inman Hill Wildlife Conservation Area trails. This area and abutting conservation properties offer 13 miles of trail open to a variety of users including hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers and other non-motorized users who use them for outdoor recreation and fitness. BSTRA has been approved for a grant from the Recreational Trails Program administered by DCR to improve .7 of a mile of trail where work is needed.
BSTRA also recently received approval for its second project which is to improve a section on the Southern New England Trunkline Trail between Farm St., Blackstone and Route 126, Bellingham. Details regarding this project will be released shortly.
BSTRA is exploring additional trail improvement projects for 2017, and we will be making an announcement once our selection process is complete. If you know of a worthy trail project on public land and would like us to consider it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Interesting statistics —
In 2016 more than 168,000 individuals participated in 2,391 activities in all 50 states. Participants among the most popular activities included:
- 70,900 hikers
- 25,900 trail volunteers – maintaining 1,200 miles of trail
- 8,200 cyclists
- 4,000 paddlers
- 1,700 equestrians
National Trails Day was originated by the American Hiking Society in 1993.