The Alpena County Horsemen's Club is a group of people with a common yet diverse interest in horses and related activities.  Member's interests include showing (at local, state and national levels), training, breeding, trail riding, horse camping, search and rescue,and driving. We are all about enjoying and getting the most out of the time that we spend with our horses. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in horses. 


For complete details
on all trail riding see our
Trail Rides page 

Pigeon River Trail Riding

Labor Day Weekend
Camping and Riding
August 28 - September 1, 2014
Pigeon River Group Campground

Sites are limited for this weekend
Make your reservation early!

September Ride Weekend
Camping and Riding
September 11-14, 2014
Pigeon River Group Campground


Fall Color Ride Weekend
Camping and Riding
October 9-12, 2014
Pigeon River Group Campground


Be sure to reserve your spot early
so you don't miss the fun!


Annual Steak Fry/ Pot Luck

September 9, 2014
Dinner 6:30 pm

Alpena Cycle Club 
7096 Spruce Rd.
Alpena, MI 49707

Bring a dish to pass.  Please, let Bonnie Cornelius*  know what you are bringing  for your pot luck dish, coordinating the meal makes it a better meal for all.

To help out with portion control (plan on your dish feeding 60 people). This allows all to enjoy your favorite recipe. 
Cost:  Non-Club members or guest 
$5.00 per person
Please, bring your own drinks.
*RSVP by September 3, 2014  call: 
Bonnie Corneluis 989-727-3145

The club will need to order steaks and to avoid ordering extra steaks, if you do not RSVP by above date your are welcome to come to the steak fry and enjoy the evening, but there will not be a steak with your name on it!  Unfortunately  if a member cannot attend please, do not order a steak for them, Thanks!
Clean- Up:  We all want to have a good time socializing! Please plan on cleaning up and washing your own plates, silverware, table. Many hands make light work. We all want to visit with our friends and tell our favorite horse stories!


Brown Trout Tickets

We have 120 Brown Trout tickets to sell.  If you haven't bought yours, now is the time!

All ticket money and ticket stubs must be turned in to Darlene Alexander
at the August ACHC meeting.


Optimist Acres

July 3, 17, 31
August 7, 21
6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Fran will set up a dressage arena for practice.

Any special request or interest
contact Fran 989-727-4207



he new Up North Trails website is now live at

In total, there are over 5,300 miles of trails already appearing on the site. There are several ways to search – based on trail name, trail use, or by community. Remember to click the “Go” button!

Parks, nature areas, wildlife viewing, water accesses, trailheads, parking lots, beaches, and some historic points are appearing on the site. This site is by no means complete but provides a wonderful start and new trails will be added in groups in the future.

The website was developed in partnership with NEMCOG, NWMCOG, Top of Michigan Trails Council, LIAA, Michigan DNR, TART Trails, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Cheboygan County, and Flight Path Creative. In addition, trail and point of interest data was contributed by many other agencies and individuals.



This from the DNR:

"Spring is a popular time for people to move firewood to vacation properties and other locations. During this April-to-July period, it's vital not to move wood from oak wilt-killed trees. These trees are often cut into firewood and moved, sometimes many miles from their original locations. Any wounding of oaks in this new location can result in new oak wilt infections as beetles move spores from the diseased firewood to fresh wounds on otherwise healthy trees."

Please share with your Equestrian friends, Clubs and Associations. Equestrians working on the Trails please use extreme caution. Don’t cut any Oak branches and take care not to wound the bark.

If you bring firewood, make sure it is not Oak. Wood that has no bark on it is considered safe so if you are not sure what type of wood your firewood is just bring the pieces that the bark has already fallen off of. Oak wilt kills Oak trees quickly and spreads through the root systems. We have already lost all our Ash trees so let’s work real hard to save the Oaks.



From the
Michigan Trail Riders

Dear fellow horseback riders,

With the long winter and heavy snows, the Shore-to-Shore Trail and Trail Camps have been hit hard with debris. With the nice weather now in our minds, we can focus on the upcoming Work Bees and Trail Rides which are rapidly approaching.

Since the Shore-to-Shore Riding and Hiking Trail and its many Trail Camps are precious
resources for the state of Michigan, enjoyed by many horseback riders and campers, we would like to extend an invitation to your membership to join us at any of our upcoming organized Work Bees.

We will be at Mullett Lake Trail Camp (just outside of Cheboygan) on May 10-11th and Garey Lake Trail Camp near Empire on August 23-24th.

We have lots of work to do so come on out and help us keep those trails and camps open and safe. Bring your horses and you can ride after the work is done.

We’ll have lunch for all the volunteers on the Saturdays of the Work Bees as well as cold-cuts for sandwiches Friday nights. If you have any questions please contact me at the phone number listed above or via email at Thanks so much for this opportunity. Hopefully we’ll be able to work together to keep these camps and trail open for all to use.

Announcing the NEW Youth 4-H Club,
The Kountry Kickers in Hubbard Lake Area!
Contact Bonnie Cornelius to join!


Do You Have Some Cool Event Photo's 
for the Website?

Send them to Bonnie or Jackie
as an Email Attachment





August 2014



 American Horse Trivia


1.  This breed originated in North Dakota, and is closely related to Sitting Bull's horses.

    Answer is one word.

2.  The American Curly Horse is known by what defining characteristic?

    Spotted coat

    Curls inside of the ears

    Curly mane and tail (does not include coat)

    Curly coat (includes mane and tail)


3.  This breed originated in Kentucky, where it was first known as the Kentucky Saddler. Which breed is it?

    American Saddlebred

    Tennessee Walking Horse

    National Show Horse


4.  The Racking Horse was developed after the Civil War.



5.  The Canadian Horse comes mostly in bay, black or brown.



6.  The Cerbat originated in California.



7.  This spotted horse has a state in its name. Which horse is it?

    Colorado Rangerbred

    Rocky Mountain Horse

    Tennessee Walking Horse

    Missouri Fox-Trotting Horse


8.  This gaited horse is known for having several variations of gaits, including a flatfooted walk, running walk and an ambling gait. Which breed is it?

    American Saddlebred

    National Show Horse

    Tennessee Walking Horse

    Florida Cracker

9.  This horse was discovered in the Kiger Mountains in Eastern Oregon.

    Kiger Arabian

    Kiger Mustang

    Kiger Thoroughbred

    Kiger Barb



10.  This draft horse is the only recognized breed of draft horse that originated in the US.


American Cream

Suffolk Punch


* * * Find answers elsewhere on our website!







Have an idea for Group Camping? 

 Contact Jackie Konecke at 989-356-0071

Want to plan a Day Ride? Contact...

Indian Reserve Road/Carol Clute 989-727-2405
Chippewa Hills/Darlene Alexander 989-727-3137
Graham Road/Carol Dodge-Grochowski 989-379-2701


Weather Alerts! 

For current up-to-the-minute weather
alerts regarding club events and weather
situations, go to the Club Forum page
and click on Weather Alerts