Perplexed by weather this past year with all the rain? Is this the new normal?
Read an interesting article by NJ Conservation Foundation. The article is a Q and A session with David Robinson, New Jersey’s official climatologist for the past 27 years. Read what he has to say about climate change, 2018 weather, and new patterns that are emerging. More>>
New Jersey Dept of Agriculture- Click Here to read Ag management practices for equine activities on commercial farms. Compliance is necessary for protection under the Right To Farm Act, N.J.S.A. 4:1c-1 et seq.
Readington Trail Association (RTA) is a qualified 501(c)3 organization with the goal of preserving the rural atmosphere of Readington through establishing and maintaining many miles of beautiful trails throughout theTownship. In addition to trail work, RTA works within the community to support essential/emergency services and educate members and others about equine health, safety and emergency procedures.
Our membership spans a diverse spectrum of equine disciplines and we welcome new members! Please click here to learn more....
Registration is now open for the 18th Annual Healthy Horse Seminar hosted by B.W. Furlong and Associates! The seminar will be held at the Beaver Brook Country Club in Annandale on February 9, 2019. On staff veterinarians will be discussing a range of topics of interest. Pre-registration is required. More Info>>
Unless noted, meetings are held upstairs in the large barn at Al and Karen's Crazy Horse Farm, please call for directions.
No business meeting in January. Feb meeting will be held on Feb 21st at Crazy Horse Farm. 6:30 for pizza (please rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org). Meeting to start at 7 pm.
RTA was pleased to make donations to several local emergency and service organizations for year end 2018. Selected organizations included the ROund Valley Youth Center, the 4 Readington Firehouses, Whitehouse Rescue Squad, Riding with Heart, New Jersey AniMeals, Friends of Horseshoe Bend Park and the Meghan Rose Bradley Fun. Since this year's fund raiser was cancelled due to a Nor'Easter, the donations were made possible due to Carrie's Matching Gifts Grant from Verizon and also an anonymous donation. Carrie worked 50 volunteer hours for RTA to qualify for the grant. Special thanks to Carrie and all of our 2018 volunteers!
Please save the proof of purchase labels from Triple Crown grains and forage (worth $.35 each) and Southern States/Legends/Reliance Hay Stretcher (worth $.25 each). Bring them to the meetings or mail to RTA, PO Box 32, Readington, NJ 08870. Also, Triple Crown would love to hear any success stories you may have about their products on their facebook page. They have been a great supporter of RTA in the past, providing us with prizes for our events. If you have something good to say- or just want to explain why you choose their feed- please share!
We would like to honor and pay tribute to Founding RTA Member Steffie D'Ambola, who passed over the summer of 2018. She was an extraordinary life-long horse woman who will be sorely missed. Thanks to her daughter Toni, who shared with us these amazing photos!
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Don't forget to renew your membership for 2019! We have lots of fun events planned and ways to get involved throughout the new year. Please Click Here to download and print the 2019 membership form. You can mail it in or bring it to the holiday party. Thank you for your membership and support!
Please report downed trees and other issues to the appropriate Trail Boss
or email@example.com. We are partnering with the county, township and hiking group to maintain trails. Look for upcoming RTA trail clearing sessions and please try to donate a few hours of your time.
The "haunted forest" on Cole Rd Greenway east has been cleared and is open.
The Lipton Trail and River Trail at Deer Path Park have been cleared and are now open.
The White Trail up Round Mountain from 629 has trees down but is passable. The washout from persistent storms has made that section of trail treacherous for riding, unfortunately. The white trail up to the top of the mountain from Woodschurch road has downed trees but is passable. The section of the White Trail across from the Stanton General Store remains closed to horses due to previous damage and also downed trees.
The parking lot on Summer Road to access the Pleasant Run Greenway and Lazy Brook Greenway has been expanded to accommodate a few horse trailers.
We have learned that the Cushetunk trail section in Clinton and parking lot by the train tracks on Old Mountain Rd are not open to equestrians. We are pursuing this with the County Parks Advisory Board. For the Readington trails in Cushetunk, you can park at Pickell park.
The parking lot in the field next to tower field has been expanded to accommodate 1-2 horse trailers. Gravel still needs to be laid down on the expanded area.
Portions of Cole Rd Greenway East (Tower field) have been leased out to the Profeta Farm for organic hay production. Expect to see tilling, ploughing and seeding of the soil. As an alternative, trailers can park on Morningstar Road off Hillcrest or at the Edgewood Rd. cul-de-sac. Tailers can also park in the first field at the trailhead at the southern end of Cole Rd. Pull in through the trailhead and park in the first field on your left.
Please visit our Trail Resource page that provides trailer parking info, trail maps, trail connections and descriptives. Click Here>>
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The RTA River Ride and BBQ was a huge success! Thanks to all of our volunteers, participants and caterer.-CTs BBQ!