The Annual “Donald L Snellings” Memorial Trail Ride & Picnic

 5th Annual Donald L Snellings Memorial Trail Ride and Picnic

The 5th Annual Donald L Snellings Trail Ride and Summer Picnic could not have been a better day.  The weather was perfect; sunny and not too hot! The ride and picnic were held at the Life Adventure Center (LAC) in Versailles, KY.  The LAC staff were fantastic trail bosses and led the riders on an exciting ride.  The pavilion was an ideal spot to gather for lunch and the games that followed.

The LAC crew led the trail ride all over the beautiful 550 plus acres owned by LAC.  The trails are well maintained and in great shape for every level rider. Over 40 riders enjoyed riding the trails and seeing the sites of LAC.  The trails snaked through woods, crossed a few small creeks, and finished back at the pavilion.

LAC hosts numerous programs throughout the year.  They have summer camps that focus on environmental education, horse camps, and even vaulting lessons.  LAC is most proud of their Warrior Adventure Program that is aimed at helping wounded service members reconnect and bond with their families through many different outdoor activities.

Upon completion of the ride, horses were untacked, bathed, and settled so everyone could enjoy the second part of the day – KTFMC Summer Picnic! LAC’s climbing wall and dueling zip lines were the main attraction. Everyone lined up to see who was brave enough to strap into a harness and climb the wall before snapping on to the zip line and racing over a pond to the landing on the opposite bank.  LAC’s covered pavilion provided plenty of space for everyone to hangout, listen to music, and socialize around picnic tables.  The younger children enjoyed many types of games and there was also corn-hole, hillbilly golf, and you could practice your roping skills on the roping dummy.  The hay ride also provided a tour of the LAC property for those that didn’t make it on the trail ride.

We are grateful for the pulling team and wagon that the Koch family brought to offer wagon rides during the picnic.  The 200-hundred-year-old wagon from the Dupont family and the hitching team of two big black Percherons named King and Doc were a site to behold. The wagon was once used to haul explosives in the Catskill Mountains and King is a former wheel horse on a world champion six horse hitch.

Proud Mary BBQ provided a wonderful and tasty meal. Everyone enjoyed the spread of pulled pork, cowboy beans, potato salad, and numerous other dishes that were provided potluck style by picnickers.

After a great day of horses, family, food, and fun, KTFMC trail riders and picnickers headed their separate directions feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the challenges of the approaching sale season.  Good luck to all this season!

LAC’s horse, walking, and mountain biking trails are open to the public throughout the year.  For more information on the trails and all of LAC’s programs, please visit their website at www.lifeadventurecenter.org.