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Party for the Trails and Horse Trail Caucus scheduled

Host is the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource

A Party for the Trails will be hosted by the nonprofit Equestrian Land Conservation Resource on Wednesday evening, October 20, at the Hyatt Regency Austin, TX, will bring together land managers, horseback riders, and all types of trail users for an informal networking/social gathering. The event, while planned to be a fun kick-off to the National Trails Symposium being held October 21-24 in Austin, is open to anyone interested in equestrian and trail issues, not just Symposium attendees.

"No one is going to look out for horse owners' interests better than the horsemen themselves," states Haertel. "ThatŐs why ELCR chose this opportunity to facilitate making these connections happen." Tickets for The Party for the Trails, which begins with a fajita specialty buffet and ends on a sweet note with make-your-own sundaes, are $12. The event takes place at the Hyatt Regency's Foothills I room on October 20, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Registration may be made at or by telephoning ELCRŐs office at 815-858-3501.

There will also l be an informal Horse Trail Caucus meeting on Saturday morning, October 23, 2004. Please meet at the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource's booth at 7:00 a.m. We will meet-and-greet, discuss what we have learned and what we want to learn more about in a brief meeting before breakfast on this busy Symposium day.

As a nonprofit exhibitor and participant in this Symposium, ELCR, founded in 1997, seeks to preserve access to and conservation of land for equestrian use by involving horseback riders in land access and conservation. This includes working with land managers, both public and private, to keep land available for stabling, competing, and enjoying horses in all of the variety of disciplines and ways horses are a part of the American culture.

You may contact the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource at 126B North Main Street, Elizabeth, IL 61028; 815-858-3501; or

To register for the National Trails Symposium: print out the Registration Form and mail or fax with your check, credit card number, or purchase order.