LBHA Newsletter

Updated 12/05/11  -  Visitor   


This page will keep you updated on what is happening on the trails, work days and other information you will find useful concerning trails in our area. Just a reminder if you are riding the trails and have a problem, please submit a quick and easy LBHA Trail Comment Form available in PDF and Flash format. We are keeping a data base of incidents, both good and bad of what is happening out on the trails in our area.


closure of flsra campground, road to Beeks Bight & rip Rap at Twin Rocks and Boulder Road

For more information, please click here for on the closure and  more.


A work day  ( Spring of 2011) to remove the illegal bike jumps and do trail work on the illegal bike trail in the area of Mile38 and 38.5 is being set by State Parks.  As soon as we have a date, we will be asking for volunteers, horsemen as well as other trail users to help. if you would like to help, please contact


Most of the maintenance on the Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve comes from volunteers.   Many times volunteers want to help but either do not own proper tools or just do not know what to bring.   In order to be better prepared, the Traylor Ranch Committee is accepting donations of good quality new or used tools which we will store for use on TRNR.   Some of the tools needed would be hand sheers, loppers, high performance weed eaters, flat and round shovels, garden rakes, pick mattock, wheelbarrow, tree hand saws and leather gloves.

If you have something you would like to donate, please bring it to our monthly LBHA meetings or to the TRNR work day on the 4th Saturday of the month. 

If you have any questions, please give me a call or send an email.Thank you for your support of Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve.

 Dave Faoro  916.663.3437


4/1/09 - Betty Pfiefer as out ‘patrolling’ (wearing my running shoes), found the first rattlesnakes of the season – several actually, big ones.  I think a den was just opening up, and all the snakes heading out for a snack.  RIGHT AT the mile 41 marker on the main trail, there is a big jumble of rocks right there.  Trail patrol members use caution ‘round there for a few days until they have all disbursed! 


Horse and rider survive dog attack

Veterinarian: Horse suffered bite wounds ‘too numerous to count’


       By Gus Thomson Journal Staff Writer

Gus Thomson/Auburn Journal

Veterinarian Langdon Fielding tends to multiple wounds on this Arabian after it was attacked by a dog on a trail in the Folsom Lake Recreation Area. Its 61-year-old rider was also injured, as well as a 3-year-old girl.

On Tuesday,March 31, Newcastle’s Carol Davis was just starting to worry about herself instead of her horse.

Her 11-year-old Arabian was attacked by a dog on a trail Sunday near Folsom Lake, suffering numerous dog bites.

The horse is now in an animal shelter with wounds a veterinarian described as too numerous to count.

An off-leash German shepherd attacked the horse as Davis was riding it on a Folsom Lake Recreation Area trail in Granite Bay. Davis said that she was bucked off the horse during the melee Sunday and ended up cracking her helmet on a rock.

Also limping from a hip injury, Davis – who said she’s been riding horses for 57 of her 61 years – said she’s been suffering from headaches and pain. She said the fall might have also caused a concussion and she was expected to have that looked at by a doctor Tuesday.

Davis said her riderless horse – a mare named Katie – galloped off and was chased for a mile by the dog before being stopped. As the panic-stricken horse moved along the narrow trail, it struck the 3-year-old daughter of the couple who had let their dog run free, she said. The girl suffered a broken collarbone.

Davis was riding with a friend as a member of the volunteer Folsom Lake Trail Patrol, when the dog charged up and started jumping and chewing at Katie’s hip. They were on the Pioneer Express Trail, which is linked to the Western States Trail.

The horse was chased off the side of the trail and down an embankment, where she bucked Davis off. Davis said that only the presence of her riding helmet prevented a more serious injury.

The horse’s run was stopped by a group taking part in a fun run at Twin Rocks Road, about a mile away.

“They were having a run that day and the people at an aid station caught her and the dog,” Davis said.

The attack occurred at about 11 a.m. Davis was taken to hospital in Roseville for treatment of her injuries. The injured horse is continuing to be cared for at the Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center.

Veterinarian Langdon Fielding said the bites were too numerous to count but luckily, were fairly superficial. Katie had trouble walking on one front leg and was expected to remain at the Loomis clinic until the end of the week.

“She’s been doing really well,” Fielding said. “She’s been eating better and appears much happier.”

Davis said the owner of the dog was cited by the state Parks Department for having it off its leash. The owner is also paying for veterinary bills, which are expected to run well into the thousands of dollars.

Davis said her story is emblematic of the dangers that occur when dogs are allowed by unthinking owners to run free in parks and other areas where horses are.

“It was a moment’s bad judgment on the owner’s part but it shows what can happen,” Davis said. “I want to see people keep their dogs on a leash to prevent this happening again to someone else.”


January 3 trail incident INFO


On January 3, 2009 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Jeri Sust and Barbara Heyward, both from Newcastle, CA, unloaded their horses at the Sterling Point Staging Area near Loomis to ride the Folsom Lake trails.

As the two rode the lower trail by the lake, the horses bolted and both riders were thrown when three unknown riders on off-highway motorcycles apparently frightened the horses. According to a witness, the riderless horses continued up the trail at a fast gallop. After a short pause, the motorcyclists continued on the trail after the running horses rather than assisting the fallen riders. There is the possiblility that the riders did not see the horses.  The accident is being investigated.  Sust hit her head in the fall, breaking her helmet, and both women suffered bruises. Two other trail riders stopped and stayed with the thrown riders until help arrived.

About a -mile away, Toby, Jeri’s 4-year old horse was found. In his attempt to escape the speeding bikes he was injured with a fractured hind leg. Two hours later, Toby was euthanized by local veterinarian, Dr. Abrahams, DVM.  Richard Preston, the supervising ranger at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area said, “We have a report in progress, we’re investigating and we’re working on a couple of leads.

This is the actual site of the accident.  Both gals were thrown at the
curve where the larger tree is  located

Photo by P. Gibbs

Park rangers said it is illegal to operate off-road dirt bikes in any part of the park and said that lower lake levels have contributed to an increase in this type of activity.

This incident is the latest chapter in the ongoing safety problem with illegal motorized and mechanized bike riders on Folsom Lake trails. Equestrian groups have requested State Park Rangers be assigned to hot spots on the trails where speeding bikes are causing conflicts.

       As a result a  new working group of national, state, and local recreation organizations and the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of California State Parks have joined forces in a collaborative venture to champion responsible trail use on public and private lands.  This partnership has been convened in response to a recent incident between OHV riders operating in an illegal manner and equestrians at the Folsom Lake Recreation Area near Sacramento, California that resulted in minor injuries to two equestrians and the death of one horse.

      The working group comprised of equestrian interests, OHV groups, non-profits including other trail user groups, and State Parks strongly condemns the illegal use of motorized vehicles at the Folsom Lake Recreation Area or any other area closed to OHV use.  Initiated by the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource on behalf of the Loomis Basin Horseman’s Association, this new local collaborative effort is committed to finding solutions that will reduce user conflicts on trails and provide a safe environment for all recreational activities. 

      Kathy Dombrowski, spokesperson for the Loomis Basin Horsemen’s Association, states, “I am encouraged by the energy and commitment of this new working group to help find solutions that will reduce conflicts on the trail, create additional recreational opportunities on public and private lands, and support the appropriate level of law enforcement and educational outreach that will hopefully prevent the kind of tragedy that occurred at Folsom Lake.”

     Dave Pickett, President of AMA District 36, states, “I think we can use the heightened awareness of potential conflicts this incident has generated to improve communication and cooperation between recreationists at the national, state, and local levels.  There are many examples of such collaboration in certain areas and we just have to do a better job of championing trail ethics and responsible land use throughout the country.  I believe we are headed in the right direction.”

     Daphne Greene, Deputy Director of the California OHMVR Division, states, “State Parks is deeply saddened by this tragic incident and in no way do we condone this illegal use. This incident could have been prevented if the OHV riders had taken advantage of legal riding opportunities provided nearby at Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area instead of illegally trespassing into a non-motorized area.”

      Greene concludes, “There are solutions to prevent situations such as we saw occur at Folsom State Recreation Area. I am encouraged that various trail groups  are coming together to find creative solutions to these challenging issues.”

 Contact: Kathy Dombrowski. LBHA – 916.652.5204

              Dave Pickett, AMA Dist. 36 – 916.984.8253

              Daphne Greene, CA OHMVR Division – 916. 324.4442


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Loomis CA 95650

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