By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The “Saddle Up for St. Jude” trail ride is set for Saturday, April 9, at the Ellaville Tract of the Twin Rivers State Forest.
The ride participation fee is seat at $15 per rider, 17 or older. Children, 16 years of age and younger may ride for $10 per rider.
Registration will begin at 7 a.m. Ride-out time is set for 9 a.m.
Proof of negative coggins is required for all horses on the property. Horses that do not meet the requirement will be required to leave the property. In addition, stud horses are not permitted for safety reasons.
For horses entering Florida from another state, health certificates on horses are required by the Department of Agriculture and will be asked for at inspection stations crossing the Suwannee River.
Riders 16 and younger are required by law to wear helmets. The Division of Forestry has asked that this law be enforced on all public lands.
In addition to the ride, lunch will be provided by the Madison County Central School FFA at a cost of $5 per plate. There will also be tickets for door prizes; a live auction; water for horses at the parking area; and free bottled water for riders provided by Nestle Waters.
Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs,
The Ellaville Tract is a public wildlife and recreational area owned by the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD). Both the Division of Forestry and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission manage the tract. It is located east of Lee, on the south side of U.S. 90 and bordering the Suwannee River in Madison County. It is approximately 14.5 miles east of Madison. Signs will be posted. Heading east, look for the signs on the right side of the road, right before the bridge on U.S. 90.
“Saddle Up For St. Jude” Trail Ride Set For April 9
By Jacob Bembry