Annual event seeks enthusiasts to sponsor trail booths

Jan 1 2011 - 11:12pm

FARMINGTON -- Organizers of an annual trails extravaganza are looking for local groups wishing to share information with the public about using Utah's backcountry.

This year, organizers of the annual Back Country Horsemen of Utah TRAILS Extravaganza hope to attract all types of trail users to the event so they can share information about the use of Utah's backcountry.

They want those with hiking, biking and other off-road enthusiasm for Utah's trails to come and learn about what the Beehive State has to offer.

"We're pro-horse, but we want to educate everyone so we can keep these trails open to the public," said Scott LeRoy, education officer and project coordinator for the Back Country Horsemen of Utah.

Any group with information about the use of trails or activities that may be enjoyed on area trails is invited to host a free booth at the event, slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Davis County Legacy Center, 151 S. 1100 West, in Farmington.

Booth providers must pre-register by calling LeRoy at 801-628-4820 or Mike Bodin at 801-529-7115.

A table and two chairs will be provided for groups hosting a booth.

Setup time for booths will be 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Jan. 14.

"What a great opportunity to promote your association at no cost," reads an informational flier about the event.

The TRAILS Extravaganza acronym stands for Trail Riding and Instructional Lesson Sessions.

The event will feature demonstrations and literature concerning trail-riding opportunities, overnight stabling and horse-friendly camping facilities throughout Utah.

Experts also will be conducting short clinics, providing educational training and seminars, and coordinating round-pen activities for horses and mules throughout the day.

The event will cater to riders and trail users of all levels of experience.

Each of the 12 Back Country Horsemen of Utah chapters will host a booth with information about favorite trails, stabling facilities and horse-friendly camping locations in their respective areas across the state, as well as activities planned for the year.

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