Have questions?

Browse through the extensive frequently asked questions categories below – you should be able to find an answer that satisfies your curiosities.

Another excellent resource is the guideline downloads in the Links & Docs  section.

Please contact us if you have questions that haven’t been answered, or if you would like to discuss something further.


Am I allowed to attend board meetings?

Any SATRA member in good standing is certainly allowed to attend a board meeting.  Please note the following:

  • Board meetings are normally held during the fall, winter, and spring months.
  • Members observing a board meeting can make a presentation and participate in the discussion about their presented topic, but otherwise are observers and may not participate in the voting.
  • Presentations must be submitted well ahead of time to be included in the agenda.
  • Board meeting dates can vary, and then change after having been initially set, depending on board member availability.
  • If you would like to attend please use the contact form on this website to learn when a meeting is to be held.  By informing us of your interest you can be contacted if there’s a date or venue change.
  • If you would like to participate more fully in the governance of this club then consider becoming a board member.


Are stallions allowed on sanctioned rides?

Stallions are not allowed on sanctioned rides.

Are there any prerequisites to becoming a member?

The only requirement is that active members must have an Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) membership.  The reason for this is that AEF membership includes Capri Insurance  coverage.

Non-active members do not require AEF membership.

Are there toilet facilities available?

Many of the locations that we go to have facilities available.  Remote locations may not have facilities, but where possible we try to provide a rental toilet.

Are we allowed to bring dogs on a sanctioned club ride?

The interaction between horses and dogs can be unpredictable, particularly if the dogs and horses don’t know each other.  Most horses tolerate dogs, and most dogs know how to behave around horses.

Unfortunately the reverse can also be true.  Some horses will kick dogs, and some dogs will run out at horses putting the rider at risk.

For the safety of dogs, horses, and riders, dogs are not allowed on sanctioned trail rides.

Are we allowed to have dogs around the camp?

Most dog owners are great with their dogs.  They have spent time training their dogs to behave, or they put their dogs on a leash…            others, not so much.  We reserve the right to have dog owners put their dogs on a leash for the duration of the event if necessary.

Some recreational areas require dogs to be on a leash.  Please ensure that you are aware of and obey all regulations regarding dogs in a particular area.

Can I try a ride before becoming a member?

Yes, you can participate in one event to see if what we do interests you.  In other words, if a scheduled ride is over a weekend you would be welcome for the entire weekend, not just one day’s ride.  After your experimental ride you are required to become a member to participate further.  Seems reasonable?

A waiver must be signed before the ride, and a medical information card completed and carried on your person during the ride (this material can be found in the Links & Docs  section).

Note that this once-in-a-lifetime option is to allow a rider to experience what we do, not a free ride once-per-riding-season.

Can we apply to use these funds for other purposes?

Yes, we can apply to AGLC to use gaming proceeds for clinics and other events.  We welcome any ideas you may have for the use of these proceeds.  However, they must meet the AGLC’s criteria for the use of proceeds and an amendment to the use of proceeds may be required before the funds can be used.  This application and approval process can take 3 months.

Do I need an RV?

Some of us prefer a cushy mattress, ice for beverages, and other “basic” necessities.  However, there is no minimum requirement for how you’d like to camp.  Many of our members are quite comfy with a more rustic style of accommodation, and modern hi-tech backpacking gear has come a long ways.  And remember, if you are new to this and get caught short on stuff or not sure what to do, the more experienced members are good about helping out and providing advice.

This is a great way to get introduced to the enjoyment of camping.  Many spouses of riders that don’t themselves ride, guys and gals, come just for the camping and group camaraderie.

Do I need to fill out a membership form?

Yes, a membership form must be completed.  It is available from the Docs & Forms  section.  Complete it, and mail or email it to the addresses in the Contact Us  page.

Do you rent horses?

We do not rent horses.

How are we allowed to use gaming funds?

We are only allowed to use the funds as authorized by AGLC through its use of proceeds requirements.

As a non-profit group we applied to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission  (AGLC) for a licence to participate in gaming activities in Alberta.  The gaming proceeds are then shared with all participating charities for purposes beneficial to the community.  These proceeds must be used by the participating charities under the rules and guidelines agreed upon under the AGLC licensing.  This is accomplished by submitting a Proposed Use of Proceeds  which is a list of how the proceeds will be spent.  AGLC then issues a list of approved uses of proceeds.

The uses of proceeds that were approved at the time of the licensing application stage do not have to be approved each time.  These are such things as expenses in support of on-going programs.  For other expenses not listed in the Approved List of Proceeds  a request to amend use of gaming proceeds must be submitted and approved prior to the disbursement of any funds.

How do I qualify to be subsidized when participating in clinics and seminars?

A subsidized participant must have paid membership for two years immediately prior to any clinic or seminar attended (in addition to the current year).  A member that does not meet these prerequisites may still participate in the event, but would be required to pay the same fee as the general public.

How long do the rides last?

Generally a day ride will see us return to camp between 3:00 – 5:00 pm.  A half day ride will see us return around noon or early aft.

How many rides are on a weekend event?

Because we gather the previous evening we’re ready to get a good start on the main ride.  The last day of the event we break camp to head home, so a ride that morning tends to be a half day.

So for example, on a normal two day weekend, we would haul to the ride site after work on Friday, have a day long ride on Saturday, and then a half day ride on Sunday so we have time to pack-up and head home Sunday aft.

On a long weekend the members will haul to the ride site Friday evening after work, have  a day long ride on both Saturday and Sunday, and a half day ride on the Monday.

How will I be notified if a ride is cancelled?

For most events some riders show up that didn’t notify the ride host, and that is fine.  Don’t not come just because you missed the notification cutoff.  However, if there have to be changes, or the ride is cancelled, then obviously the trail host will notify those that said they were coming.

If there is enough lead time, changes will be posted on the Trail Ride page and by email.  Last minute changes will be done by phone.

I still don’t understand what we’re allowed to use this money for.

This is a complex issue, and a number of our board members have participated in seminars and training from AGLC to better understand what we’re allowed to do.  Please contact club board members with any further questions or concerns about this matter.

I would like to attend an AGLC information session.

AGLC provides free information sessions about how to use gaming proceeds.  The more members that understand these requirements the better, so let us know if you would like to participate and we can help you get registered for a session.

They also have an extensive on-line resource.  Check out Gaming Information for Charitable Groups  (GAIN)

Is alcohol allowed on trail rides?

Each member has their own inclination for adult beverages around the camp.  However, alcohol is not allowed during the sanctioned trail rides.

Using funds generated from our casino activities

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) is the Government of Alberta agency that is responsible for administering the Gaming and Liquor Act, Regulation and related policy.  In other words, they directly authorize how registered licence holders are allowed to use funds that are received from gaming activities.

What about meals?

Each camping unit looks after their own food and beverages of choice.  Remember to bring a bag-type lunch on full day rides.

Often, one of the meals is a potluck, so be prepared to bring an easy to prepare dish to contribute to the table.  More information about this is included on the ride sheet.

What are some good riding etiquette tips while on the trail?

The following list outlines some common sense courtesies that makes the ride more enjoyable for all:

  • if your horse has a tendency to kick or threaten other horses, tie a red ribbon to the tail to warn others
  • if your horse is green to trail riding, and has a tendency to spook or behave erratically, tie a green ribbon to the tail
  • keep good control of your horse at all times
  • maintain a horse length distance from the horse in front of you
  • do not allow your horse to nuzzle, scratch, or threaten other horses
  • do not run up on other horses
  • always be able to keep the rider behind in view
  • be courteous and helpful to your fellow riders – if someone needs to stop, wait for them and notify the trail boss
  • if you spot a hazard or anything out of the ordinary, point it out to your fellow riders
  • watch for holes and don’t travel fast on unfamiliar ground
  • wait for the person closing gates to remount
  • walking up or down steep hills will eliminate the danger of falling or leg strain
  • keep warm horses moving after a drink
  • pack out what you pack in
  • when riding with a group, be saddled and ready on time

What are the volunteer requirements?

Our volunteer requirements for the casino is over two consecutive days with two eight hour shifts per day.  This allows members that live further away to participate.  Out-of-town volunteers are reimbursed for accommodation, meals, and mileage.

Our members have been great at stepping up to what’s been required of us as an association. However, more members that are willing to volunteer is always helpful.

What do coloured ribbons tied in the tail mean?

Coloured ribbons tied into the horse’s tail hair is a way of communicating to other riders about a horse’s behaviour peculiarities:

  • Red ribbons indicate that a horse is a kicker.  Other riders should be careful not to crowd the horse, especially from behind.
  • A green ribbon means a horse is green, or inexperienced.  It is suitable for young horses or for horses who are particularly spooky.  Give the horse space so that an unexpected spook or misbehaviour doesn’t affect you.
  • Blue or yellow ribbons indicate a stallion.  Stallions are not allowed on our sanctioned rides.
  • A white ribbon indicates that the horse is for sale.  This is used in an arena so that spectators know that a rider is open to being approached about the sale of the horse; it’s not really needed on a trail ride.

What do we need to bring on a trail ride?

This is a big question, for both the camping and trail ride.  For example, on  the trail there’s the obvious stuff like a bag lunch and halter, but a list like this would be far too extensive to answer here.  The best resource for this is the Guidelines for Camping & Trail Gear available in the Links & Docs  section.  It provides an extensive recommended list of what to bring for camp and trail.

What do we use the funds for?

These proceeds are used to:

  • cover expenses incurred to provide trail rides (camping fees, safety equipment purchases, portable toilet rental where possible, etc.)
  • subsidize education and learning programs with facility rentals, equipment, clinician fees, education aids and promotional materials
  • arena rentals during the winter months
  • make contributions to other related stakeholder charities
  • provide contributions to the general community through donations

What is the proper etiquette for riding through private property?

Some of our sanctioned rides will pass through private property.  All rides that go through these private properties will either be led by the land owner, or we will have permission before the ride is approved and posted to the website.

The owners of these lands are kind enough to allow us the privilege of riding these areas.  PLEASE respect this – it is not a right to be there.  Stay on the trails and parking areas and do not leave garbage behind.  Respect the livestock and ride slow while near them.  Most private land owners do not want fires or fire pits on their property, so restrict use to non-private lands.

It only takes a few irresponsible individuals to wreck it for the rest of us, so please act respectfully.

What is the ride sheet?

The ride sheet is an important source of information about a particular ride that you may be interested in.  Some of the information found will be:

  • date
  • location with instructions on how to get there
  • what the nature of terrain is
  • the ride rating (easy, moderate, hard)
  • whether horse shoes or boots are recommended
  • any details of that particular ride

The ride sheets are available from the Rides and Events page.

What type of fund raising activities do we do?

Our AGLC license allows us to raise funds through gaming activities.

What type of horse do I need?

This is a great question, but pretty hard to define.  Your horse needs to be big enough to carry what you need to bring.  As a general guideline, a horse can comfortably carry 15-20% of its body weight – this includes tack, gear, and your personal weight.  Loading your horse with 25% or more of it’s body weight will sore it over a longer ride.  This is a simplistic way of thinking about it, as fitness and conformation are major contributors.  Think about the kind of shape your horse is in, whether it’s exercised regularly or overweight without much activity.

Imagine an inactive person being asked to carry a moderately light backpack for an eight hour hike – pretty tough.  An active and practised hiker can pack considerably more, and be ready to do it again the next day.

Breed doesn’t matter, but temperament and being able to get along with other horses does.  Additionally, your horse should have enough training to comply with basic instructions while on the trail.

Studs are not allowed on sanctioned rides.

What types of memberships are there?

We have two types of members. Those that ride and participate in riding events, clinics, trail rides, are active members.  Those that wish to be members for meetings and social events only are non-active members.

When do I need to contact the host?

Notifying the ride host is important.  If gives the host an idea of how many folks are coming so that proper arrangements can be made for the site.

The standard we use is that interested riders notify the host by 8:00 pm the Tuesday leading up to the event.  This give enough time to adjust arrangements if needed.

The host’s contact information will be found on the ride sheet.

When do the rides start?

The weekend rides normally head-out at 9:00 – 10:00 am.  But this really does depend on changing circumstances and may vary at the discretion of the host and trail boss.  Confirm with them about any changing situations.

You need to be saddled and ready to go for the time that has been provided.

When do we normally first meet?

This depends on the nature of the trail ride.  For a single day ride we meet at the staging area to get ready to ride the same day.  However, most rides are held over a weekend, and so generally members gather the previous Friday evening.

The ride sheet will have more information about this for individual rides.

When does our casino activity happen?

The casino generally rolls our way every three years.

When does the membership expire?

Memberships expire at the end of the calendar year – December 31st.  A new membership form must be completed each year along with the yearly fee paid.

When is the club’s Annual General Meeting held?

According to our bylaws the AGM must be held before March 1st of each year.  Accordingly, the AGM is scheduled on one of the last two weekends of February.  All members are encouraged to attend to hear a progress report from the board, and this is an excellent time to renew your membership if you haven’t already done so.

Where can I find more information about Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, the Gaming and Liquor Act and its Regulation?

The following links will take you to the relevant Alberta government resources about this department: