Free for all PBHTA Members, and Callithea Boarders/Riders/ and Staff. For all non-callithea affiliated or non-PBHTA members, a $15 donation would be appreciated. This event is BYOB.
Equestrian trails in Little Bennett Park are now safer thanks to a Maryland Horse Industry Board grant provided to Trail Riders of Today (TROT). 21 equestrians volunteered their time on two sunny mornings during a beautiful June weekend to partner with Montgomery County Parks to participate in a pilot program to make bridges less slippery in parks for equestrians, mountain bikers, and hikers alike. Two bridges were painted with a marine quality paint called Deck Correct that contains Polycarbonate Everbeads to create a skid-resistant surface. This paint protects the wood from splintering, and limits the growth of mildew, algae, and mold. A third bridge, on another weekend, had sand added to the paint to increase the tooth of the surface for comparison between the two methods.
TROT gathered all the materials including painting supplies, large tarps to protect the streambed, and tools for the workers (blowers, wheelbarrows, gloves, etc.). The process was fairly simple. First, we scaped and removed the existing mold, mildew and algae that created the slippery surface on the bridges, impacting park users during and after rain fall. We then hung large tarps under the bridge to protect the stream bed. We let the bridges dry, and then applied one coat to half of the bridge to allow users of the park to still be able to pass. We waited for that layer to fully dry, and then applied a second coat. We marked the bridges as having wet paint applied, and applied caution tape and signage to alert trail users. We repeated the painting process to the other half of the bridge the next day. It was a productive event.
Little Bennett and Montgomery Parks will continue the program. We thank Potomac Bridle Hiking Trail Association (PBHTA) for providing lunch and additional volunteers. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer during our next trail work opportunity.
Get ready to enjoy the beautiful Autumn weather and join the Annual Callithea Farm Ride, Hike and Potluck October 5th, at 3:30 PM.
There will be a medium/fast ride and a walk only ride, as well as a guided hike for friends and family. If you have questions: Ride leaders: Jeff Colaianni and Bobbi Frost Hike Leader: Christina Micek
Those without horses can hike (very easy walk actually) some of the beautiful trails of Montgomery County at Blockhouse Point which overlooks the Potomac River and the C and O canal.
This is a cost free, open event, so bring your friends, and enjoy the fall weather.
*Bring a chair or blanket, and a dish and drink to share. We will have the grill going if you would like to bring something to grill.
If you need some guidance: A-L- Side. appetizers, or desserts M-Z- Main dishes or Salads
3:30PM Arrive and park
4:00 PM Leave for Hike/Ride
5:00 PM Potluck (Bring your horse to meet your friends and family at the meet and greet treat pasture)
6:00 PM Music, sunset and bonfire
We hope you can make it and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and family among the Callithea Cowgirls (and or token cowboys)!
*Raindate Oct 6th
Come join us for a beautiful evening hike across from Old Angler’s Inn at Great Falls Park with a stop at their outdoor beer garden afterwards to enjoy music, food, drinks, and company. Hope to see you there. Please RSVP.