Thursday 4 August 2016

NW: Old Selam Redux

As you all no doubt recall, in 2015, for the first time in over 30 years, Old Selam had to be canceled due to nearby forest fires.  Once again in 2016, the planets aligned and Idaho is besieged by one of the largest fires in the United States.  Known as the Pioneer Fire, while the fire is at least eight miles from ride camp, the area of impact/closure includes not only Old Selam ride camp but the bulk of the trails.

Out of the nearby ashes, Old Selam will arise like the mythical Phoenix, albeit our tail feathers are a bit scorched.

After much furrowing of brows and gnashing of teeth, Southwest Idaho Trail and Distance Riders decided, in lieu of canceling the event a second time, to move the venue to Council, Idaho, (NOT CAMBRIDGE) where Friends of the Weiser River Trail has graciously agreed to provide the trail.

We are trimming the ride back to a single day trail ride, 25 and 50, on SUNDAY, September 4.  We will camp at the fair and rodeo grounds in Council, Idaho, on highway 95 just north of town (where we camped in past years for the Weiser River Trail Endurance Ride).  The trail will be on an old rail bed, running north, much of the trail along a river, all of the trail very scenic.  There will be one out vet check for each distance.  HOOF PROTECTION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.  This is an old rail bed and while there are sections with absolutely no rocks, you can be assured that there WILL be rocks.

I will be putting together a new flyer and should have that for you in the next couple of days, but meanwhile, if you plan on attending, please RSVP so we can get a head count.

• Vets Robert Washington and Keith Ruble
• Pot luck awards Sunday evening after the last 50 finishes
• Start time 7 a.m. for the 50s, to be determined for the 25s
• Weed free hay not required

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