The Yass Valley Hilltops Trail Riders Club is growing in popularity and is hosting a trail boss accreditation course in Gunning on May 28 and 29.

Although the group only kicked off with their first ride at the beginning of the year, they are approaching their administrative one-year anniversary after forming in July 2021.

But due to Covid and weather setbacks were only able to officially gather in January for the first time.

Since then, the club has had rides in Binalong, Dalton, Frogmore and Boorowa and will host rides anywhere in the Yass Valley and Hilltops areas.

After beginning with 26 members in January, the Trail Riders Club has now grown to 42 members.

Affiliated with ATHRA (Australian Trail Horse Riders Associated), each ride usually has between 8 and 17 participants.

Club President Lisa Colbran said the club is going well now that they have several successful rides under their belt.

“Everyone’s friendly and I think everyone’s pretty happy with it.”

ATHRA members are encouraged to come along to the accreditation weekend and learn about the important roles of Trail Boss, Ride Organiser and Ride Steward.

Lisa said the course will likely consist of theory on how to guide everyone safely on a trail Ride and what to look out for and possibly some practical sessions as well.

The course costs $50 and for further detailed information and bookings please contact

yassvalley.hilltops@gmail.com.

If you’re interested in joining the club, then member ships is $120 for an adult with other options for day and social memberships.

The cost covers insurance and allows you to participate in rides with other clubs (as long as they agree) across Australia.

Brianna O’Rourke