About Us

     The first meeting of the Putnam Horse Council was held  in Spring of 1988 at Putnam Park in Carmel.  The purpose of that meeting was to form an organization that promotes trail creation, trail riding and preservation in Putnam County.  We participated in as many community meetings and activities that we could to spread the message that we as horse owners and riders wanted to be part of the County's social groups. 
      We opened communications with the DEC Ranger, the County Park People, Gipsy Trail Club and the Ranger at Fahnestock State Park.  We showed them where we wanted to create a trail system, that we were willing to maintain these trails, and to hold hunter paces on these trails. The paces were, and still are, our main fundraiser and help keep members dues low.  This also allows us to make yearly donations to horse rescue facilities, retirement foundations, the USET, and other animal-related organizations we feel deserve a helping hand.
     The early council members started working with Lewisboro, Bedford  and Greenwich, CT to organize a fall pace series.  Schedules, rules and scoring were jointly set up by this combined group which now includes Middlebury and Newtown, CT.
     It wasn't until later that New York State Horse Council met with us to encourage us to join as a chapter.  This helped provide our club with insurance for our public events and later on $1,000,000 liability insurance for members.  We also joined into a stewardship with the NYS DEC to maintain the trails which run through their land.
      In essence, our efforte to prepare these trails for our hunter paces serve the Putnam community and New York State Park (DEC) in Putnma with clean, tangle-free and safe trails for hiking, biking and other outdoor activities.  
      Past club activities included club rides, poker rides, competitive trail ride clinics, riding and jumping clinics, fund raisers, talks given by veterinarians, saddle fitting demos, and  feed, nutrition and dentistry lectures.  In addition, there were presentations by local farriers.  Many of the events were open to the public to make them aware of the Council and to educate them on equine health and well-being.

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