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

Spring is right around the corner
and so are the
Alpena County Horsemen's Club


May 21 - 25, 2015   Memorial Day Campout at Elk Hill

September 3-7, 2015  Labor Day Campout at Elk Hill

September 17-20, 2015  Fall Ride Campout at Elk Hill

October 8-11, 2015  Color Ride at Elk Hill

Reservations are required!



We are looking at June 5-6-7, 2015 for a Work Bee at Pigeon River.

The good news is there was little winter damage. The campgrounds look great.

We need two crews to clean ¾-mile of Forest Road 63 (shows as 66 on some maps) that will open more connectors for riding. Also (special request from Jackie) a section of Road 52 needs to be opened up better than what it currently is. We would also like to remove some downed fence wire and put a few forest road posts in.
We will only need three chain saw operators and an additional crew of about 13 (total 16 volunteers). We are hoping to get volunteers from some of the other clubs that use the area so one club does not do it all.

If any of you are willing to volunteer that weekend please let me know so I will know if we have a full crew or not and I need to make reservations for camping. We can bring horses. However, no 4-wheelers!

To volunteer contact Kerry Mase:

Email -













Don’t Forget!!!!!

ACHC Bottle Drive Fundraiser!

The bottle drive for the Alpena County Horsemen’s Club is still a work in progress. Although we appreciate all the support – we’ve still not reached our goal of an Alpena County Fair Children's Carnival Free Ride Day.

Please keep collecting and returning bottles and forward the money to Darlene, our treasurer at:

Darlene Alexnader

10342 Nicholson Hill Rd.

Hubbard Lake, MI 49747

We thank you for all your help and our reward will be the smiling faces of all the kids as they enjoy the ACHC sponsored Children's Carnival Free Ride Day!



Michigan Trails and Greenways
Legislative Day



Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Held in the Mackinac Room, the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA) shared the good news and needs of Michigan trails with legislators and staff.

They are working to unite and network with the entire Michigan trails community, in addition to learning the latest in trail policy issues and development.

Attending were:
Kristie Walls, John Soper, Robbin Stout, Ron Walker, Carla Walker and Kathy Taylor from Yankee Springs Horsemen’s Association.
As well as
Gabrielle Hume, Connie KleinhardtBonnie Cornelius, Marieta Davis and Darlene Alexander from Back Country Horsemen Michigan - Pigeon River and Beyond.





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





May 2015


Funny Horse Facts & Trivia:

The average horse weighs about a half a ton, its brain is the size of a baked potato.

Some of the equine family's closest relatives are tapirs and the rhinoceros.

Most of the time, a horse's ear points where the horse is looking.

Horses can lock the muscles in their legs so they can go to sleep standing up and not fall over.

In the wild horse world, the mare decides when and where the herd will go while the stallion follows.

When spoken to, horses distinguish tones rather than particular words.

Horses can drink up to ten gallons of water a day.

A horse can see better at night than a human. However, it takes a horse's eyes longer to adjust from light to dark and from dark to light than a human's.

A different image is seen by each horse's eye so a horse is seeing two different pictures at the same time.

A horse can see completely around its entire body except for small blind spots directly in front of its face, underneath its head, and directly behind itself.

Horses evolved in North America but became extinct here about 16000 years ago. "Wild" horses in the Americas are descended from horses brought over by Europeans.

Horses cannot breathe through their mouths.

A horse's age can usually be accurately determined by its teeth until the horse is about 9 years old.

Horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva a day.

The average horse's heart weighs approximately 9 or 10 pounds.

The smallest breeds are the Falabellas of Argentina. The tallest breed is the Shire, from England.

There are over 300 different breeds of horses and ponies around the world.

It is estimated that there are about 750 million horses in the world.

In the wild, foals will suckle until they are a year old, and sometimes longer.

The horse has the largest eyes of any land animal.

Horses are not color-blind.

Horses have memories that put elephants to shame.

Adult male horses generally have 40 teeth, but females only 36.

Barley is thought to be the first grain to be domesticated, and probably the first to be fed to horses.

There were no horses in Australia until 1788.

The sequence of the horse's footfalls at the walk was correctly described by Aristotle (384-322 b.c.) in the 4th century b.c.

The state of Wyoming has used a cowboy on a bucking bronco on its license plates since 1936.

Selective horse breeding has been practiced by the Arab tribes since at least the 7th century.

Caspian ponies probably existed in Mesopotamia in 3000 b.c.

The Clydesdales became the Anhueser-Busch symbol on April 7, 1933.

A coltpixie is believed to be a spirit horse which lures mortal horses into bogs.

In Greco-Roman myth, donkeys are a symbol of lust.

Women rode astride until the 15th century, then followed the period of sidesaddle.

The Celts were using nailed-on horseshoes by the 5th or 6th century b.c.

An ancient practice is putting a horse's shoes on backwards - toe to heels - to mislead a pursuing enemy. It was used in the 11th century by King Alphonso in his escape from the Moorish Kind Ali Maymon of Toledo, Spain; in 1303 by Robert the Bruce in his escape from King Edward; and in 1530 by Duke Christopher of Wuurtemburg in his escape from Emperor Charles V. And if you believe the movies, it was a common practice in the Old West.

The word 'farrier - one who shoes horses' comes from the Latin ferririus, "iron worker"






Have an idea for Group Camping? 

 Contact Jackie Konecke at 989-356-0071

Want to plan a Day Ride? Contact...

Indian Reserve Road, Chippewa Hills or Graham Road
Contact Darlene Alexander 989-727-3137

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