By Rob McDaniel
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The Daniel Boone Trails Saddle Club saddled up for their inaugural Daniel Boone National Forest wagon ride.
The trail-blazing group of equestrians began the wagon ride Friday morning and spent the evening camping out along the Rockcastle River. They rode back to base camp Saturday and then spent the afternoon enjoying a pig roast at Pine Creek Church.
This was the Saddle Club’s first-ever wagon ride, but club member Ron Spurlock said the group hosts several one-day and overnight rides throughout the year.
“We have several rides a year,” Spurlock said. “We do rides in Jackson County, Laurel County and we do a huge ride in Knott County. We’re talking over a thousand riders on that ride.”
The Saddle Club is very family oriented. They charge $25 a year in dues, which covers an entire family.
“We don’t care if you’re the only rider in your family or if you come out with 12 riders,” Spurlock said. “A family pays a flat $25 rate and it covers the entire family. We want this to be something that people can bring their kids to. We don’t curse and we don’t drink. We try to make our rides a good family experience.”
Currently, the Saddle Club has about 17 families that are registered members, but they are always welcoming new ones.
“People don’t even need a horse to join our club,” President Jamie Sizemore said. “If they pay the dues, then they are welcome to come to our meetings and camp outs and ride with us. We’re always looking for people who love riding and camping.”
The Daniel Boon Trails Saddle Club meets at 6 p.m. every third Monday of the month at Golden Corral in London. Their next scheduled ride is on Aug. 10, starting at Pine Creek Church.
For more information on how to become a member, call Sizemore at 309-6017 or Spurlock at 224-9235.