continued While the threat of limiting public access to CPF trails has caused some concern and consternation to village residents and organizations, the Menacho/Miller family believed its ultimatum was a necessary action to instigate greater consideration by village officials of the neighbors’ concerns about the project.
Menacho said he preferred not to comment beyond his recent email until after the village planning board public hearing on Monday, March 11, which he expected to attend. That meeting occurred after press time.
When asked for further details on the effect the possible Old Trees trail closures could have, officials of the hunt club, driving competition and the CPF agreed that while it would significantly impact their organizations and events, it would not irreparably destroy the overall trail system.
Buckhout said the potential loss of access through the Old Trees Property would “significantly affect our Pleasure Drive, which is considered to be the signature class of our two-day show.” The pleasure drive covers approximately five miles of trails that include both private and CPF land and provides the competitors with a way to show the condition and fitness of their horses.
“If the potential blockage does occur, about half of the pleasure drive could be affected. The competitors that attend annually look forward to the pleasure drive and remark every year that it is one of the best aspects of any show that they attend,” she said.
John Anderson, master of the Limestone Creek Hunt Club, said the loss of private land access is one of the biggest obstacles facing the entire sport of fox hunting and something all hunt clubs must face. The possible closure of the trails on the Menacho land “would certainly make it difficult to hunt the east end of the territory, absolutely,” he said. “It certainly won’t stop the hunt club, however it makes it difficult to access the trails from the village proper.”