Friday, May 21, 2021

Iowa: Horse trails open in O'Brien County - Full Article

Lydia Hansen
May 16, 2021 Updated May 18, 2021

SUTHERLAND—Saddle up for an opportunity to ride new public access bride trails in O’Brien County.

White stakes with bright orange ribbons and orange flags mark out almost four-tenths of a mile of trail at the 19-acre McCormack Area southeast of Sutherland.

The area, which consists of rolling hills covered with prairie grass as well as shrubs and small trees, is at the moment the only county-owned and managed property in O’Brien County to be designated for equestrian use.

It is the result of months of effort from O’Brien County riders and the O’Brien County Conservation Board.

Area horseback riders have been pushing for the change since September, regularly attending meetings to discuss trail locations, voice requests and offer suggestions to the board on how to proceed...

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