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LETTER: Trails group leader responds to Magnet story

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By The Staff

This letter is in response to the article involving Spencer County Fairgrounds property and the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association AQHA Charity Ride at Rolling Hills Campground. We would like to express our sincere apologies to Mr. Tinsley and anyone else who may have inadvertently been infringed upon. We were not aware Mr. Tinsley had a verbal agreement to lease some of the county farm where the Fairgrounds are located. We thought the fairgrounds included all the county farm property.

The fairgrounds host many horse related events so we thought it would be a perfect fit for this event as well. To get from Rolling Hills to the fairgrounds by horse we needed to enter from the back southwest corner. We were given tentative permission to use the fairgrounds and spent a couple of days evaluating the land and clearing preliminary trails on the property. Mr. Tinsley met us there and explained his lease agreement and advised we were on his portion of the property. Again, we are sorry for the misunderstanding.

We have received permission from over a dozen property owners to create a 10 to 12 mile trail for the AQHA Ride September 26 to 28. This is a temporary trail, only to be used for this specific purpose and only on the weekend of the event. We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and help and are excited about sharing this beautiful land with our guest. In addition to riding this trail, we will be shuttling horses and riders to the new and improved 26 miles of trails at Taylorsville Lake State Park.

The Spencer County Trails Group has been helping with this project in hopes of bringing more awareness to the potential economic development and tourism opportunities multi use trails can create in our county and the importance of having trail access from private property. We’ve been meeting for almost two years and have been instrumental in the Taylorsville Lake State Park trail expansion project.

We have also been studying the possibility of developing a county wide trail system that would connect to the 100 Mile Loop under development in Louisville. This would tie in with the state wide trail system being proposed by the Beshear Administration. Multi use trails can play a big part in the growing tourism industry in Spencer County and also in the Adventure Tourism initiatives being promoted by the State Tourism Department.

The AQHA Ride will introduce many new people to Spencer County, Taylorsville and Taylorsville Lake State Park and give us a wonderful opportunity to promote our community. Thanks to everyone who has helped with the AQHA Ride and also with the Spencer County Trails Group over the past two years.

John Shircliffe

Spencer County Trails Group