San Diego County Equestrian Foundation

American Horse Council Advisory Letter


December 14,2010


Contact:Bridget Harrison



Report Your2010 Access Issues on Federal Land


The American Horse Council iscontinuing its effort to collect information on access issues equestrians areexperiencing on federal lands. The center piece of this effort is an onlineform equestrians can use to report their personal experiences regarding trailsthat have been closed to them or other access issues on federal land. Thisonline form is located at


Shortly, the AHC will be publishinga 2010 Report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land.  ?It is vital that allequestrians report their experiences on federal land good and bad,? said AHCLegislative Director Ben Pendergrass. ?Equestrians need to relay their 2010experiences to us by the end of the year so we can include them in the 2010report. This information is vital to AHC efforts to protect equestrianrecreation on federal land.?


Last February, the American HorseCouncil released its first Report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land. The 2009report provided a brief overview of the responses the AHC received fromequestrians to its ongoing access survey in 2009.  The report can beviewed and downloaded on the Recreation Issues page on the AHC website or by clicking here.


The American Horse Council began itseffort to collect information regarding equestrian access issues on federallands in July of 2009.   This effort was prompted by a growingconcern among recreational riders around the country that they were seeing areduction in the number of trails and trail heads open to equestrians onfederal land.


?Hundreds of thousands of Americansuse horses and pack stock to enjoy America?s great outdoors each year. However, it is an experience that cannot be enjoyed without access to publicland, trail systems, and trailheads,? said Pendergrass. 


?The AHC uses the survey and theyear end report to illustrate some of the challenges facing recreational riders,?said AHC President Jay Hickey.? ?Our federal land managers work hard to providerecreational opportunities and we need to make sure they have adequateinformation about what some equestrians are experiencing.   Theannual Report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land is just one part of ourefforts to ensure equestrians continue to have recreational opportunities onfederal land. ?


The AHC asks all recreational ridersnow and in the future to visit the AHC website and report any access issuesthey have had using this electronic form.


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