Lexington, KY, June 13, 2012 – The historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Kentucky will be the site of a trails conservation workshop associated with the Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference (SETC). SETC is a two-day conference established thirteen years ago, and will be held in Lexington, Kentucky on July 13-14, 2012. The Shaker Village workshop will be held on July 12, 2012 as an optional pre-conference offering.
Shaker Village is a National Historic Landmark on 3000 acres of rolling Central Kentucky farmland, located about 25 miles southwest of Lexington. The Village is managed as a private nonprofit.
While horses have been ridden on trails there for years, recently some unique partnerships established with the local Back Country Horsemen groups, as well as fox-hunting and driving organizations. These partnerships have resulted in not only more trail mileage, but an appreciation by the Village management of the value of equestrian tourism, the enhancement of the historic atmosphere when horses are present, and the benefits of trail planning and maintenance when working closely with local horsemen.