Happy trails to you – Bike and Trails group excited about expansion – The Cold Lake Sun

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Published on: September 14, 2020 | Last Updated: September 14, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

With seven existing trails running about six kilometres, the local trails system is still in development, but promises to be one of the City’s top tourism draws, according to the Cold Lake Bike Park and Trails Society.

The society, formed last spring, now has seven members, and Don Harris and Ed Machtmes updated City Council on progress on the project during its Tuesday, September 8 meeting.

To date, nearly 900 volunteer hours have been invested in the construction of the trails.  That doesn’t include time spent on regular trail maintenance and inspection.

“I can’t emphasize enough how are volunteers and the community have stepped up,” Matchmes added. “We have saved tens of thousands of dollars from people that would just come up out of the blue. We post on social media that we need either people or materials or what have you, and it just shows up.  It’s just amazing.”

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Alberta Equine Partners take action for those facing financial distress – Lethbridge News Now

LETHBRIDGE, AB. — Alberta’s Equestrian Federation (AEF) is taking pro-active action to ensure horses are cared for during the coming winter months.

It’s estimated Alberta is home to 33 per cent of Canada’s horse population – roughly about 320,000 horses. The equine industry is diverse and includes racing, sport, ranching, breeding, boarding, pleasure, recreation, and companion animals.

With that in mind, it’s known the COVID-19 pandemic is already causing financial distress on the equine industry in the province and there is likely to be a struggle this winter to provide basic care to horses.

A recent province-wide survey of the Alberta equine community, found one in five respondents said that they need help for their horses, donkeys or mules.

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