Brownsboro Alliance Membership Rules Agreement
Brownsboro Alliance (hereafter, BA) Trails are located on private property (“Property”). BA has secured permission to use the Property, but such use is a privilege and not a right, conditioned on compliance with this BA Rules Agreement. It is mandatory that all riders and hikers understand and sign a complete liability and release waiver (included in the Membership Application Packet). Signed waiver and membership fee must be in possession of management prior to entering any property. Membership is effective once a completed and signed application and fee is received by BA. Applicant will receive an email noting membership with an attached digital membership ID. That digital ID should be available (on a phone or hard copy) to document membership status while on the trails. Always show your digital ID if requested by a landowner and/or other trail users/BA Board members. Boarding stable operators are responsible for ensuring their boarders who are using the BA trails have joined BA as riding members.
I hereby agree to abide by the following BA Rules as a condition of BA Membership and use of the Property.
- Membership is open to everyone, but if membership demand warrants, restrictions may have to be implemented. Membership is good for one year, renewable the month of joining.
- Hours: Sunrise to sunset when trail is open; please check website BEFORE coming to use trail, especially after heavy rain or snow. Trails are open to horseback riding as weather and hunting schedules permit. We can’t permit horses on the trails if they are muddy. A good rule of thumb is that if you can see the horse’s hoof prints on the trail, it is not okay to ride that day. Hikers will be permitted even on non-horse days unless it is really muddy.
- Parking allowed in designated areas only so that we maximize use of the space. Horse owners are responsible for policing parking area of horse manure. Be sure to lock all trailers and cars. BA is not responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen property.
- Respect the rights of the property owners whose lands we are permitted to ride or hike. Be considerate; keep your voice down.
- DO NOT remove plants, rocks, flowers, animals or ANY item from the trails. Never personally contact landowners. Be respectful of livestock.
- Ride or hike the BA Trails ONLY; no hiking allowed on farm land or off the marked trail. Hikers may “jog” the trail where it is safe to do so, but this is not meant to be a running trail and you do so at your own risk. Any hikers or runners encountering horses going either way are to stop, move aside, and let the horses pass.
- Observe all trail signs. Do not drink alcoholic beverages, litter, smoke, camp, or start a campfire. If you choose to eat, please take ALL trash with you, biodegradable or not. Please be advised, we do not at this point in time have any bathroom facilities.
- Practice safe horsemanship; maintain control of your horse at all times. Treat others with respect and consideration. Walk (left to left) when approaching other riders or hikers on the trail, around fence lines and on areas with poor footing.
- HUNTING: September 1 – January 31. Refer to BA Trails website, www.brownsboroalliance.org for postings during this time period. Landowner’s may temporarily post restrictions on usage of trails during particular hunting seasons. BA Trail members are prohibited from hunting while on the trails.
- Leave all gates in the position you find them.
- MEMBERS must obtain a properly executed Guest Release Agreement – same as Membership Application (available online) and return it to BA by mail, or pay any fees online and scan/email application to email@example.com, PRIOR to trail use. No commercial use of the trails of any type is permitted. MEMBERS ARE LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR GUESTS, including any liability or damages to landowners resulting from any accident, injury, loss or damage, including death. Local residents may only ride once per month as any member’s guest. MEMBERS MUST ACCOMPANY THEIR GUEST(S ) AT ALL TIMES AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR GUEST’S COMPLIANCE WITH THE RULES. Guests must carry a current Coggins test results for any horse they are riding or have a picture of it on their cell phone.
- A ribbon must be attached to tail of horse that kicks. NO stallions allowed.
- Riders, cross bridges single file and one at a time.
- Hikers, let horses pass. Make yourself visible so as not to frighten horses.
- No motorized vehicles or bicycles of any type are permitted on the trails.
- Dogs allowed on leash ONLY with hikers; no dogs with horses. Pick up after your dog.
- Each rider is responsible for their actions and those of their horse. Ignorance of the rules does not release the rider or hiker of the responsibility in the event of an accident. Riders should carry a copy of their horses’ current Coggins test with them while on the trails.
- This trail is not for beginners. All riders must be experienced, and horses must be able to handle an intermediate level trail.
- No riders under the age of 10.
- Approved safety helmets are strongly recommended for all riders, and required for those under 16 years of age. Riders 11 to 16 years of age must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult and/or a parent or legal guardian.
- BA relies upon volunteer work to maintain the trails. All members are requested to donate a minimum of five (5) hours of volunteer work and/or an additional $100 to help in this effort every year. The cost of dues is subject to change. Increases will be communicated to members no less than 30 days before January 1 each year.
- All members and guests must abide by all applicable state, federal and local laws governing the use of recreational trails.
VIOLATIONS: Violations of this BA Rules Agreement may result in a warning, suspension or termination of BA membership, at the sole discretion of the BA Board of Directors.
Adopted by the Board of Directors on August 6, 2018
Brownsboro Alliance does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
Brownsboro Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.