Pinckney Trail Riders Association


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Preserving and maintaining horse trails in the Pinckney Recreation area

Mission:  Our purpose is to improve, protect, maintain and expand the horse trails in the Pinckney Rec Area and surrounding areas for use by horse men and women, their families and the general public for horseback riding, horse camping and horse related activities.  

Our first event in 2018 is the Michigan Horse Expo, March 9-11th at the MSU Pavilion, come see us there!


Our ability to keep the trails open for your enjoyment depends on your support, please join us today!


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2018 News:  Continued Improvements!!

We are enjoying our greatly improved staging area which includes a pavilion, vault toilet, large parking area, an improved hand pump well, new kiosk, new grill, mounting blocks, picket posts, and a gate for the back field.  Much thanks to all, but especially PTRA President Sue Armstrong and Chuck Dennison, Pinckney Rec Area manager.

Our 2017 work bees were very successful and the trails looks great for this season’s riding, thank you so much to all who have contributed to the trails, this is how we get it done! Continued trail maintenance is an ongoing effort, financially and physically. Please join us out on the trails for a couple of hours when you can and definitely support us with your membership AND by buying flowers in the spring.  

All sign posts and maps have been added to the trails, so finding your way around them should be easier than ever. BIG improvements have been made to the metal bridge which leads to Hell so horse riders can ride into the gorgeous pines and also to Hell for ice cream, beer and a burger.  

Our 2018 events are now online, our unique Blessing of the Horse and Rider event is May 5th and includes a camping weekend. If you have not made it to one yet, plan on it for 2018! Video from the Blessing weekend is on the right side of this page! We will be looking for sponsors for our Kid’s Day event in July, which brings grieving children and horses together. And our wildly popular Pinckney to Brighton ride is October 6th.

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Need more information?  Trees down?  Trail issues?  Concerns? Compliments?  Ideas?  Please contact us.

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