BEST OF AMERICA BY HORSEBACK
RIDE ACROSS MACKINAC ISLAND
JUNE 25-28, 2020
We are pleased to be offering, for the second tim, a Best of America trail ride on Mackinac Island in 2020! Come relax on island with us and ride over 60+ miles of beautiful trails.
As featured on Best of America by Horseback in 2018, we will explore the history of the island, beautiful rock formations, and serene shore line.
Retreat to island paradise on the great lakes! Discover the famous “Crack in the island” trail or ride to the unique rock formations around the island, Sugar Loaf Rock, and Arch Rock.
Trail Ride Across Mackinac Island
Check in to the Mackinac Community Equestrian Center, take a horse drawn taxi downtown and enjoy a relaxing evening on the island or join us for an optional guided trail ride to the backside of the island with a stop at Sunset Rock, Crack in the Island, and British Landing for a chance to walk along the shore of Lake Huron.
Learn about the history of Mackinac Island and join us for a ride to Fort Holmes, Rifle Range, Fort Mackinac, and through the bluffs. Then join us for an afternoon ride and visit the island’s unique treasures such as Arch Rock, Skull Cave, and SugarLoaf Rock.
Join Mackinac Horsemen’s Association for our annual Member's party & home style cookout at the facility. There will be live music, member recognition, guest speakers, silent auction/raffle, hay rides, and activities for all ages.
Join us for a morning trail ride through Soldier's Garden, Tranquil Bluff, and Juniper Trails before departing in the afternoon.
Host Facility Fees
Full Participation - Bring your Horse
$400 Includes four guided trail rides exploring Mackinac's natural wonders. Off-Island Trailer Parking, Ferry assistance for your horse and yourself to and from the island, two nights of boarding for your horse & escorts to the facility, access to facility amenities, invitations to our Annual Membership party including home-style steak fry, live music, hay rides and equine seminars. Also includes bike to get around the island. Includes year of White Ribbon membership to MHA
Full Participation - with a Facility leased horse
$550 Experience Mackinac from the back of a Mackinac horse. Includes four guided trail rides exploring Mackinac's natural wonders, invitations to our home style steak fry and equine seminars, along with access to facility amenities.Includes year of White Ribbon membership to MHA
**** Returning Best of America riders from 2018, 2018 Best of America wait-listed riders & current members of a Blue Ribbon status or above, contact us directly for a discount on this trip!
Facility Amenities for you and your horse to enjoy:
Stall or run-in or turnout will be available for your horse
Hay & Grain available
Access to fresh water 24/7
Use of Wash rack
Space for storing tack
Stay with Mission Point and your personal ferry ticket is included!
Use of round pen & Arena for warmup
Restrooms on property
Use of Kitchen
Guided Tour of Facility and Horses Through History Museum by Request
Trail Guide Map with over 60+ miles of trail
Concessions will be available for purchase
Our Partners for your Stay
While your horses stay with us, you can stay at the beautiful, lakeside Mission Point Resort or the historic, tranquil Inn at Stonecliffe. Click on the buttons to the right to reserve your discounted stay!
Meet Your TV Hosts and Producers
Executive Producer & Host
Tom has had horses since he was 5 years old. He traveled America, taking people on overnight horseback vacations for nineteen years as a professional horseback outfitter. His largest accomplishment, as an outfitter, was organizing and leading “The American Transcontinental Trail Ride” in 1995. Pursuing a longtime dream, and after a year of logistical planning, Tom successfully lead a group of horseback riders and wagons from Savannah, Georgia, on the Atlantic Ocean, to San Diego, California on the Pacific Ocean, every step of the way on horseback, over 3,000 miles. The trip took four and a half months. Tom was hosted by 83 towns with 256 riders participating on parts of the trip, including Mayors, Chiefs of Police and the Texas Rangers. Former President Jimmy Carter taught the group Sunday School, as the trail ride passed through Plains, Georgia.
Co-Host & Production Coordinator
When you talk to Kristen you get a sense of her love for horses, farming/ranching and riding. She started as most young people who were not lucky enough to have a horse by constantly begging her parents for a horse or, at the very least, riding lessons. She has always wanted to experience life by horseback and always wanted to farm/ranch. Kristen graduated from Coastal
Carolina University with a degree in Biology. She is a certified equine and canine massage therapist. Back in high school, Kristen would help out her family, Tom and Pat Seay (who she calls her Uncle and Aunt) at Andora Farm for horse camps and team penning. She also volunteered at her local therapeutic riding program. While in college, she was a trail guide and managed a trail riding barn on the beach. Kristen also has managed a water sports business as well as a manager in retail. Kristen often jokes that her heaven would be a ranch on the beach.
Traveling with Your Horse Documents
Owners MUST provide the following before they can unload their horses onto Mackinac Island:
A negative Coggins that is current
Proof of Rabies vaccination (within 1 year of arrival)
Proof of EVH-1 vaccination (within 1 year but no sooner than 30 days before arrival)
Proof of Strangles vaccination ( within 1 year of arrival or note from Veterinarian stating your horse is free from contagious disease)
Proof of all vaccinations
30 day health certificate for out-of-state horses which must be signed by a veterinarian stating your horse is free of contagious disease
Waiver and Release Form
Stall Reservation Form
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and availability. We highly recommend that these documents be scanned and emailed to us no later than 1 week prior to arrival to the attention of the Manager, Ashley.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation up to 60 days prior to the event start date results in a 50% refund, not including the $50.00 non-refundable deposit due at registration. There are no refunds for a cancellation 60 days or less before the event start date.
as featured on Best of America by Horseback