25th Annual

Judge’s List

2008 Trail Rides & Wagon Trains

As of January 9.2008

Links will be added shortly!

This list is based on information submitted by ride organizers to The Judge (Gerald Davis) as of January 1, 2008.

We are not responsible for changes, mistakes, misinformation, omissions and/or cancellations.

 

The Judges Decree

More new rides!  I am so excited to see more and more rides listed in South Georgia.  For many years, these folks have driven hours and hours to attend rides north of Macon.  Please help us to support these new rides so that everyone has opportunities to ride close to home!

 

But, don't forget our older established rides either!  Without your support many of these ride promoters are forced to make decisions based on attendance
and we may see some rides with fewer ride dates!

 

This year has been special for me.  I have traveled quite a few miles with my new wagon. I have met some new friends and seen some old ones that have been out of touch.  I have loaded up lots of happy, giggling children and spent the day with them, watching them learning to drive my mules and enjoy being outdoors away from so many of the things that keep kids entertained inside today.  I enjoyed the company of a variety of adults as well and sincerely hope each and every one who has shared a seat with me this year took home a memory that they will keep a life time. I know that I did!

 

 

SEE YOU ON THE TRAILS!

DATES

YEARS

SCHEDULED EVENT

CONTACT

CODE

Jan 1

 

Rescue Ride Benefiting Meriwether County Animal Shelter

770-927-2847

T*

Jan 12

 

BCH of NC at Harmon Den NC

828-456-1818

T

Jan 18-20

5

Safe and Sober Trail Ride – Hazlehurst GA

912-375-2425

TD

Jan 19

 

Circle E Guest Ranch Benefit for Dunivan Family – Belvidere TN

931-962-1790

T*

Jan 25-27

 

Rye Patch Trail Ride – Judges List Ride – Ludowici GA

912-545-2961

WT

Feb 9

 

BCH of NC at Tow String NC

828-456-1818

T

Feb 9

 

All Breed Trail Ride at GA International Horse Park – Conyers GA

404-932-4438

T

Feb 9

 

Rye Patch Trail Ride – Ludowici GA

912-545-2961

WT

Feb 15-17

 

Lumber River Trail Ride - Evergreen NC

910-640-9919

WTDC

Feb 15-17

5

Broxton Bridge Trail Ride – Ehrhardt SC

800-437-4868

TC

Feb 15-18

2

Heart of Dixie Guided Trail Ride - Troy AL

334-670-0005

TD

Feb 16-19

 

National Trail Ride Winter Florida Ride – Milton FL

256-390-8390

WTDC

Feb 23

 

Sharon Ride at Clemmons Farm and Spring – Sharon GA

706-318-4076

T

Mar 1

 

All Breed Trail Ride at GA International Horse Park – Conyers GA

404-932-4438

T

Mar 1

 

Manassas Benefit Trial Ride – Claxton GA

912-739-4006

TC*

Mar 7-9

 

Suggs Mill Pond Trail Ride – Reynolds, GA

888-267-3130

T

Mar 7-9

6

Broxton Bridge Trail Ride – Ehrhardt SC

800-437-4868

TC

Mar 7-9

 

Lumber River Trail Ride - Evergreen NC

910-640-9919

WTDC

Mar 7-9

 

Rye Patch Trail Ride – Ludowici GA

912-545-2961

WTDC

Mar 8

 

BCH of NC at Deep Creek NC

828-456-1818

T

Mar 8-9

 

Relay for Life Benefit Ride – Tennille GA

478-232-6247

WTD*

Mar 14-16

24

Manchester Spring Trail Ride – Wedgefield SC

803-773-1308

WTDC

Mar 15

16

GERL Poker Ride at International Horse Park – Conyers GA

404-405-4121

T*

Mar 15-16

4

Big Creek Trail Ride – Hawkinsville, GA

478-230-0591

T

Mar 20-23

8

Easter Trail Ride at Lakeview Plantation – Fairfax SC

803-584-0689

WTDC

Mar 21-24

 

BCH of NC at Love Valley NC

828-456-1818

T

Mar 27-30

 

America’s Trail Ride at Tuscumbia AL

256-390-3666

TDC

Mar 27-30

 

Best of America Trail Ride at Lakeview Plantation – Fairfax SC

803-584-0689

WTDC

Mar 28-30

12

Lewie Fortner’s Wonderful Weekend in Kite GA

478-469-5105

WTD

Mar 28-30

 

Big Red Trail Ride Saluda SC

864-980-9555

WTD

Mar 29

4

Terry Tankersley Memorial Ride at Bussey Point

706-359-7970

TC

Apr 3-6

 

Spring SC Equestrian Ministries at Lakeview Plantation – Fairfax SC

803-584-0689

T

Apr 4-6

13

Silver Spur Spring Ride – Dublin GA

478-278-9054

TC

Apr 4-6

6

Hadden Ranch Spring Trail Ride – Gibson GA

706-598-2684

WTDC

Apr 5

4

Pike County Horse Club Poker Ride

706-567-4293

T

Apr 7-13

 

Circle E Trail Ride – Belvedere TN

931-962-1790

T

Apr 11-13

6

Broxton Bridge Trail Ride – Ehrhardt SC

800-437-4868

TC

Apr 11-13

 

Lumber River Trail Ride - Evergreen NC

910-640-9919

WTDC

Apr 11-13

 

Ash Hill Trail Ride – Eutawville SC

843-761-3533

TC*

Apr 12

 

Rye Patch Trail Ride – Ludowici GA

912-545-2961

WT

Apr 12-13

38

4 Diamond Spring Wagon Train - Sparta GA

706-453-2548

WTDC

Apr 12-13

38

New Ellenton SC Trail Ride

803-663-3031

TD

Apr 14-20

16

Birdsong – Camden TN

731-584-9206

TC

Apr 14-20

 

Annual Wildflower Ride – East Fork Stables, Jamestown TN

800-97-TRAIL

WTDC

Apr 18-20

8

Bell Farms Wonderful Weekend in Ward SC

803-685-7301

WTDC

Apr 19

10

Highpoint Trail Ride with Ridge Riders Trail Club – Perry GA

478-987-2035

T

Apr 21-27

18

Buffalo River – Waynesboro TN

877-654-3164

T

Apr 24-27

 

BCH of North GA Benefit – East Fork Stables, Jamestown TN

800-97-TRAIL

WTDC

Apr 25-27

19

Rockdale Trailblazers Spring Ride, Ft Mountain – Chatsworth GA

678-524-9040

TD

Apr 25-27

 

Triple A Trail Ride Statesboro GA

912-682-3719

TDC

Apr 26

 

BCH of NC at Harmon Den NC

828-456-1818

T

May 1-4

 

America’s Trail Ride at Longbow Trails Pontotoc MS

256-390-3666

TDC

May 1-5

 

Annual Spring Fling – East Fork Stables, Jamestown TN

800-97-TRAIL

WTDC

May 2-4

38

4 Diamond Spring Trail Ride – Sparta GA

706-453-2548

TDC

May 2-4

 

Plum Branch Saddle Club Trail Ride – Plum Branch SC

864-443-5394

TDC

May 2-4

 

Broxton Bridge Trail Ride – Ehrhardt SC

800-437-4868

TC

May 2-4

 

Rye Patch Trail Ride – Ludowici GA

912-545-2961

WTDC

May 3-6

 

National Trail Ride at Broxton Bridge Plantation SC

256-390-8390

WTDC

May 5-11

5

Cherokee Trail Ride – Cherokee AL

256-359-4423

TDC

May 10

4

Saddle Up for St. Jude – Portal GA

912-489-9414

T*

May 12-18

 

Circle E Trail Ride – Belvedere TN

931-962-1790

T

May 16-18

 

GQHA Trail Ride – Pigeon Mountain, LaFayette GA

678-618-2282

T

May 16-18

26

Warrenton Spring Ride and Wagon Train

706-465-3847

WTDC

May 17

 

BCH of NC at DuPont National Forest NC

828-456-1818

T

May 19-25

16

Birdsong – Camden TN

731-584-9206

TC

May 23-24

 

Lumber River Trail Ride - Evergreen NC

910-640-9919

WTDC

May 23-26

 

BCH of NC at Big South Fork TN

828-456-1818

T

May 23-26

5

Cherokee Trail Ride – Cherokee AL

256-359-4423

TDC

May 23-26

 

Memorial Day – East Fork Stables, Jamestown TN

800-97-TRAIL

WTDC

June 2-8

5

Cherokee Trail Ride – Cherokee AL

256-359-4423

TDC

June 6-8

5

Broxton Bridge Trail Ride – Ehrhardt SC

800-437-4868

TC

June 6-8

4

Shady Dale Rodeo, Wagon Train and Trail Ride – Shady Dale GA

706-485-6469

WT

June 12-15

 

Benefit for T.H.I.S. – East Fork Stables, Jamestown TN

800-97-TRAIL

WTDC*

June 14

 

Rye Patch Trail Ride – Ludowici GA

912-545-2961

WT

June 16-22

15

Birdsong  Kids Week – Camden TN

256-359-4423

TC

June 16-22

18

Buffalo River – Waynesboro TN

877-654-3164

T

June 20

 

Rye Patch - Full Moon Friday Night Ride – Ludowici GA

912-545-2961

WT

June 20-22

 

BCH of NC at North Mills River NC

828-456-1818

T

June 23-29

 

Circle E Trail Ride – Belvedere TN

931-962-1790

T

June 26-29

 

Cherokee Trail Ride – Cherokee AL

256-359-4423

TDC

June 27-July 4

 

Western North Carolina Wagon Train – Andrews NC

828-321-2376

WT

July 3-6

5

Cherokee July 4th Trail Ride – Cherokee AL

256-359-4423

TDC

July 4-6

 

Lumber River Trail Ride - Evergreen NC

910-640-9919

WTDC

July 9

 

BCH of NC at Cataloochee NC

828-456-1818

T

July 12

 

BCH of NC at Tsali NC

828-456-1818

T

July 21-27

18

Buffalo River – Waynesboro TN

877-654-3164

T

July 21-29

 

Cherokee Trail Ride – Cherokee AL

256-359-4423

TDC

Aug 1-3

6

Broxton Bridge Trail Ride – Ehrhardt SC

800-437-4868

TC

Aug 16

 

Rye Patch Sunday Trail Ride – Ludowici GA

912-545-2961

WT

Aug 29-31

 

Lumber River Trail Ride - Evergreen NC

910-640-9919

WTDC

Aug 29 -Sept 1

6

Cherokee Labor Day Ride – Cherokee AL

256-359-4423

TD

Aug 29-Sept 1

 

Labor Day Ride – East Fork Stables, Jamestown TN

800-97-TRAIL

WTDC

Sept 5-7

38

4 Diamond Fall Trail Ride - Sparta GA

706-453-2548

TDC

Sept 5-7

7

Broxton Bridge Trail Ride – Ehrhardt SC

800-437-4868

T

Sept 5-7

 

Plum Branch Saddle Club Trail Ride – Plum Branch SC

864-443-5394

TDC

Sept 8-14

 

Circle E Trail Ride – Belvedere TN

931-962-1790

T

Sept 11-14

 

Best of America by Horseback – East Fork Stables, Jamestown TN

800-97-TRAIL

WTDC

Sept 13

 

GERL Scavenger Hunt at GA International Horse Park Conyers GA

404-405-4121

T*

Sept 13

 

BCH of NC at Harmon Den NC

828-456-1818

T

Sept 14

 

Rye Patch Sunday Trail Ride – Ludowici GA

912-545-2961

WT

Sept 18-21

12

Annual Golden Leaf Ride– East Fork Stables, Jamestown TN

800-97-TRAIL

WTDC

Sept 19-20

26

Warrenton Fall Wagon Train and Trail Ride – Warrenton GA

706-465-3847

WTDC

Sept 20-24

 

National Trail Riders Reunion at Land Between the Lakes KY

256-390-8390

WTDC

Sept 22-28

8

Cherokee Trail Ride – Cherokee AL

256-359-4423

T

Sept 25-28

 

White Horse Ministries Statewide Trail Ride at Lakeview- Fairfax SC

803-584-0689

T

Sept 27

 

All Breed Trail Ride at Fort Mountain State Park – Chatsworth GA

404-932-4438

T

Oct 3-5

6

Broxton Bridge Trail Ride – Ehrhardt SC

800-437-4868

TC

Oct 3-5

 

Lumber River Trail Ride - Evergreen NC

910-640-9919

WTDC

Oct 3-5

18

Rockdale Trailblazers Fall Ride – Location to be Announced

678-524-9040

TD

Oct 3-5

 

Hadden Ranch Trail Ride – Gibson GA

706-598-2684

WTDC

Oct 4

10

Highpoint Trail Ride with Ridge Riders Trail Club – Perry GA

478-987-2035

T

Oct 4-10

6

Cherokee Fall is in the Air Trail Ride – Cherokee AL

256-359-4423

T

Oct 8-12

 

Indian Summer Ride – East Fork Stables, Jamestown TN

800-97-TRAIL

WTDC

Oct 10-12

 

Triple A Trail Ride Statesboro GA

912-682-3719

TDC

Oct 10-12

 

BCH of NC at Meadow Creek Parrotsville TN

828-456-1818

T

Oct 10-12

 

Rye Patch Trail Ride – Ludowici GA

912-545-2961

WTDC

Oct 13-19

 

Circle E Trail Ride – Belvedere TN

931-962-1790

T

Oct 17-19

 

GERL Fall Fest at Warwoman – Clayton GA

404-405-4121

TDC*

Oct 17-19

 

Southern Trail Riders Trail Ride - Timmonsville SC

843-346-3878

WTDC

Oct 18

 

All Breed Benefit Trail Ride at Watson Mill Bridge State Park - Colbert GA

404-932-4438

TC*

Oct 18-19

 

Big Creek Trail Ride – Hawkinsville, GA

478-230-0591

T

Oct 18-19

38

New Ellenton SC Trail Ride

803-663-3031

T

Oct 20-26

16

Birdsong - Camden TN

731-584-9206

TC

Oct 20-26

18

Buffalo River – Waynesboro TN

877-654-3164

T

Oct 24-26

13

Silver Spur Fall Ride – Dublin GA

478-278-9054

TDC

Oct 24-26

23

Manchester Fall Ride – Wedgefield SC

803-773-1308

WTDC

Oct 24-26

6

Cherokee Halloween Week Ride – Cherokee AL

256-359-4423

T

Oct 31-Nov 3

 

GQHA Trail Ride – Warwoman Campground, Clayton GA

678-618-2282

T

Nov 1

 

Pike County Horse Club Silver Horseshoe Scavenger Hunt

770-587-4243

T

Nov 6-9

 

T.H.I.S. Benefit– East Fork Stables, Jamestown TN

800-97-TRAIL

WTDC

Nov 7-9

18

Lickskillet Farm Trail Ride - Toomsboro GA

478-676-3290

TDC

Nov 7-9

8

Bell Farms Wonderful Weekend in Ward SC

803-685-7301

WTDC

Nov 8

 

BCH of NC at Road to Nowhere NC

828-456-1818

T

Nov 14-16

6

Cherokee Weekend Trail Ride – Cherokee AL

256-359-4423

T

Nov 15

 

All Breed Benefit Trail Ride at Tribble Mill Park Grayson GA

404-932-4438

T

Nov 15

 

Rye Patch Trail Ride – Ludowici GA

912-545-2961

WT

Nov 21-23

 

Lumber River Trail Ride St. Jude’s Benefit - Evergreen NC

910-640-9919

WTDC*

Nov 28 - 30

2

Thanksgiving Ride with Ron and Adriane in Round Oak GA

478-986-4097

TDP

Nov 28-30

 

Broxton Bridge Trail Ride – Ehrhardt SC

800-437-4868

T

Nov 27-30

7

Lakeview Plantation Thanksgiving Ride – Fairfax SC

803-584-0689

WTDC

Dec 12 - 13

 

Rye Patch Full Moon Night Ride & Saturday Day Ride – Ludowici GA

912-545-2961

WT

Dec 13

 

BCH of NC at Wilkins Creek NC

828-456-1818

T

Dec 13 -14

 

Wagon Train &  Ride with Ron and Adriane in Round Oak GA

478-986-4097

WTDP

Dec 26-28

6

Broxton Bridge Trail Ride – Ehrhardt SC

800-437-4868

T

Dec 30–Jan 3

 

America’s Trail Ride New Years Eve  at Heart of Dixie, Troy AL

256-390-3666

TDC

Dec 31-Jan 4

3

New Years Ride with Ron and Adriane in Round Oak GA

478-986-4097

WTDP

Jan 1-4

6

Lakeview Plantation New Years Ride – Fairfax SC

803-584-0689

WTDC

Jan 2-4

 

Lumber River New Years Bash & Trail Ride - Evergreen NC

910-640-9919

WTDC

 

CODES: T=Trail Riders Only WT=Wagons & Trail Riders D=Dance/Party C=Food Vendor on grounds

P=Potluck Dinner  *=Proceeds go to Charity

 

From the Judges Desk

 

9.5 Million people!?!  That is the current population of Georgia and it shows no indication of slowing down.  According to a recent study, daily 50 acres of farmland and open space are lost to development in Georgia. What does this mean to us?  Basically, every day we have fewer and fewer opportunities to ride on undeveloped land.

 

So what do we do?  Move to Montana? Well, while their population is much smaller they don’t have the year round riding opportunities that we do here in Georgia so I for one don’t plan to move.  So we need to make sure that we continue to have public and private riding locations available to enjoy.  How can you help?  Support the people listed above who plan year round to provide you with the opportunity to ride their lands.  Most of the people who put on these rides don’t own all of the land that you ride either.  They maintain good relationships with their many neighbors in order for you to come ride for a few days every year.  It is your responsibility to help as well.  During any ride watch your trail leaders to make sure you stay on the approved land.  Do not litter, pack out what you pack with you at the beginning of the day.  Do not let your horses destroy trees, bushes, grasslands, crops or any personal property while you are out on a ride.  At lunch, secure your horse so that he is unable to chew on trees or if you are unable to do so, hold your horse. Be responsible and help promote trail riders as visitors that land owners want to invite back!

 

Public lands are there for you to enjoy.  But they are not guaranteed.  We must be good stewards of the land when we ride in our State Parks, National Forests and other public lands in Georgia as well.  Just as with private land, pack out what you pack in.  Watch your horses and mules to make sure they do not damage trees and trails.  If you see damage or misuse, report it to land managers.  It’s up to us to make sure we have places to ride.  Every year we have more competition for our riding lands.

 

Consider volunteering to work at least once in 2008.  For volunteer opportunities, check with your local public land manager or join one of the many organizations that regularly volunteer to work on Georgia’s public lands.  Back Country Horsemen of Georgia is a hard working organization dedicated to preserving your right to ride on public lands.  I urge you to contact them to find out how you can help.  www.BCHSG.org and www.BCHNG.org. 

 


Reminder: If you would like to receive a copy of the 2009 Judge’s List, please send a long, self addressed, stamped envelope to:
Gerald Davis, P. O. Box 3471, Eatonton, GA 31024 Please do not mail until after December 15, 2008
Notice to Ride Organizers: If you want your ride to be on The Judge’s 2008 List send all information to:
Gerald Davis, P. O. Box 3471, Eatonton, GA 31024 or via email at
thejudge@communicomm.com or francis@athens.net
In an effort to produce the Ride List earlier, ride notices received after December 15, 2008 will not  be included in the
printed list but will be added to the website at www.JudgesRideList.com