Tuesday, December 4, 2018

New York: Expansion of equestrian trail system explored

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By Chris PotterRegional Editor
Posted Nov 29, 2018

BELMONT — Should Allegany County do more to invest in its equestrian trails?

The topic came up at the November Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting, with Legislator Bill Dibble (R-Little Genesee) championing the cause. Dibble pointed to Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County as a model for future efforts.

“Allegany Park has over 65,000 acres, over a million people a year and a lot of horses. We have 60,000 acres of DEC land in this county,” Dibble said. “I have a lot of respect for our county Saddle Dusters Group. They are well organized.”

The Allegany County Saddle Dusters organize trail rides and events. Director of Planning Kier Dirlam noted there is interest in the county to expand riding opportunities. One of the challenges is creating trails specific to horses. Mixed-use trails with hikers and bikers are not always ideal...

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