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

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!


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


Free Horsemanship and
Speed Youth Clinics

The All Around 4H Club and AQHBA will sponsor 8 weeks of clinics.  Open to all youth who are interested in horses and would like to improve their showing skills. 

Clinics start on June 4, 2014 and run for 8 weeks at the Alcona County Fairgrounds Horse Arena.  6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.


Fundraiser/Bottle Drive

The Alpena County Horsemen's Club is conducting a bottle drive which will continue until the time of the Alpena County Fair in August.  The club is trying to generate over $3,000.  The money will go to the Alpena County Fair to buy out the carnival for a few hours.  This allows children in our area to come into the fair for free and ride the rides free!  

For more info contact Jackie 989-356-0071.


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.


Alpena County Fair

August 12-15, 2014

Alpena County Fairgrounds


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





July 2014



Back Country Horsemen of America

Expand Their Reach to Benefit

Equestrians Across the U.S.

 By Sarah Wynne Jackson

Back Country Horsemen of America, the organization that works hard to protect our right to ride horses on public lands, is bigger than ever.

Membership now totals over 13,300 members nationwide, with chapters in 27 states. In 2013 alone, those members contributed 368,000 volunteer hours valued at $14 million aimed directly at keeping trails open for horses and other users. Over 30,247 miles of trails were maintained. They’ve welcomed several new State Organizations that carry their benefits to equestrians across the country, and even re-designed their popular website.


BCH in "The Natural State"

Arkansas Back Country Horsemen, previously an Affiliate Organization, has met the requirements and was recently accepted as a BCH State Organization. Equestrians in Arkansas enjoy many miles of trails that meander through the state’s wild landscapes.


The 6,911 acre Village Creek State Park is its second largest state park and includes Crowley’s Ridge, a landform of rolling hills in eastern Arkansas' Mississippi Alluvial Plain with unique geology, topography, and unusual plant communities. Riders also return frequently to the 75 photogenic miles of trails along the running rapids and quiet pools of the Buffalo National River, which passes decades-old farmsteads and other historic structures.


BCH from Coast to Coast

For the first time in history, Back Country Horsemen of America now has a state presence from the Pacific to the Atlantic since Back Country Horsemen of Kansas became a State Organization. Equestrians in the Sunflower State ride across the plains, prairies, hills, and forests in a variety of public lands.

In the southwest corner of Kansas, the Cimarron National Grasslands encompass 108,175 acres, the largest area of public land in the state. These wide open plains showcase rock cliffs, cottonwood groves, yucca, and sage, along with native grasses and riparian vegetation along the Cimarron River. Eisenhower State Park, located 30 miles south of Topeka, includes 1,785 acres of tall grass prairie and woodland in addition to the 6,930-acre Melvern Lake. Horse trails offer a variety of terrain and scenic Lake views.

BCH in the East

Although Back Country Horsemen of America was founded in the west, their vision has caught fire and is steadily spreading across the country. BCHA is pleased to welcome Florida Forever Back Country Horsemen, previously an Affiliate Organization, as a new State Organization. FFBCH has always had the characteristic "get it done" attitude of all Back Country Horsemen.

Over 30 members logged a total of more than 300 volunteer hours clearing 10 miles of the Withlacoochee State Trail for equestrian use near the town of Nobleton. Previously, this stretch of trail was badly overgrown and nearly impassable. They also worked with a number of other equestrian groups to perform trail maintenance on the Bear Head Hammock Horse Trail in the Two Mile Prairie Tract, part of Withlacoochee State Forest.

Stay Informed

Back Country Horsemen of America recently unveiled a new website at    

This is your one stop spot to keep up with BCHA’s many projects, learn more about responsible equestrian recreation, and find out how you can get involved with protecting our right to ride horses on public lands.

You’ll find their updated brand, front and center on the home page. Their virtual storefront makes it easy to purchase books, bumper stickers, CDs, patches, and more while supporting a cause you stand behind.

Get Involved!

The folks at Back Country Horsemen of America are humbled and thrilled to have experienced such growth in recent years. 

This is an exciting time to be a part of BCHA! Don’t miss out – join now! Go to to find a chapter near you, or contact BCHA directly and they’ll tell you how to start one. Every new member makes a difference in their efforts to preserve this historical use of public lands.

About Back Country Horsemen of America

BCHA is a non-profit corporation made up of state organizations, affiliates, and at-large members. Their efforts have brought about positive changes regarding the use of horses and stock in wilderness and public lands.

If you want to know more about Back Country Horsemen of America or become a member, visit their website:

Call: 888-893-5161

Write: P.O. Box 1367
Graham, WA 98338-1367

The future of horse use on public lands is in our hands!











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