LEWISBORO, N.Y. If Lewisboros horse trails look a little cleaner and less cluttered this week, horse aficionados can thank the Lewisboro Horsemens Association.
The group held its annual Trail Cleanup Day over the weekend, in which 25 volunteers broke up into three groups to maintain a section of the trail system by removing fallen limbs, cutting back underbrush and repairing trail beds. Afterward, the volunteers returned to Echo Farm in South Salem for a barbecue lunch.
The association's trails stretch over 25 miles, adjoining the North Salem Bridle Trails Association to the north and running south through Ward Pound Ridge Reservation to the Bedford Riding Lanes Associations trails.
The days work concentrated on trails leading from the Old Field Preserve and Pamela Lane into Lewisboro Town Park as well as trails inside the park itself leading into the reservation.
The work was especially needed after the damage of last year's storms to get things in shape for the LHAs annual Poker Run, said Callie Bauer, the organizations president.
The Poker Run, which is held May 20, starts from the parking lot at Town Park and returns for a barbecue in the parks pavilion. Riders play a game of chance by collecting playing cards at checkpoints throughout the course. The teams with the best poker hands win prizes.
The Horsemens Association welcomes riders of all disciplines. Trail membership is $55 per year for an individual and $65 per family. Supporting membership for those who do not ride but want to support the trail system is $30. Juniors are encouraged to join. Members receive a registration discount for the associations Fall Hunter Pace.
Details for all events throughout the year are posted on the groups website, www.lhatrails.org .
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