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Weekend Extravaganza

Dru Barner Weekend Extravaganza 2020

May 23-24, 2020


Please check back for updates.

Regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we are following all state guidelines as they develop and will plan things accordingly. For now, we are moving forward but, of course, everyone’s money will be refunded if we have to cancel the ride at the last minute.

Come join us at the beautiful DRU BARNER CAMPGROUND just east of Georgetown for an equestrian weekend extravaganza filled with camping, riding, great food, evening entertainment, more riding, more food, raffle prizes and fun!!!

This event will include our traditional trail rides on Saturday and a morning of equestrian games on Sunday.

Weekend Activities

SATURDAY: TRAIL RIDES – Ride the 5-mile Enchanted Forest, the 12-mile loop, or challenge yourself and your horse and head out on a 20-mile loop on the well-marked Rock Creek Trails (See Event Logistics). Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner together and announce the raffle and silent auction winners. Then, grab your chair and favorite cocktail and meet back at the picnic area for a group campfire and an evening of DJ music, dancing, singing, and of course bring the fixings for s’mores.

SUNDAY: GDETF EQUESTRIAN GAMES – Start the morning out with us for tea, coffee, and a hearty breakfast. Then, saddle up your horses and meander out on the 5-mile Enchanted Forest trail to play games with your horse and collect winning points. Return back to camp for a yummy Mexican lunch at which time the winning prizes will be announced. You must be present to take home your prizes.


General Information

You can sign up for the entire weekend or just one day. The cost is:

  • WEEKEND – $90 for GDETF members and $110 for non-members for the whole weekend.
  • ONE-DAY – $45 for GDETF members and $55 for non-members.

Your weekend entry fee includes Saturday trail rides, BBQ dinner and evening entertainment; Sunday morning breakfast, one game card (additional cards may be purchased) and a Mexican lunch.

If you are staying the night, you must reserve a camp site when you register. There are free sites, paid sites, sites with pens and sites without pens (day-only riders will be parked in overflow and do not need a camp site reservation). Your ride entry must be paid before reserving a camp site. This is going to be first-come, first-serve, so don’t wait.

As everything is on a first-come, first-serve basis, we strongly encourage using our website online registration and pay through PayPal, so you don’t have to wait on snail-mail. All forms and links are listed below.

See you there !!!

Questions? Please contact our Ride Manager, Laurie Sweeney 916-955-0184.

How to Sign Up




(Signup page coming soon.)
If you are staying overnight, you must reserve a campsite. After completing your Online Event Signup, you will be redirected to the Campsite Reservation page.


Overnight event attendees will receive a call from us regarding campsite reservation after we receive your entry form and check via snail mail.

Other Items of Interest

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If you do not plan on riding this event, please consider volunteering. It takes many hands to put on these events. Volunteers receive one free meal ticket for every job they help out with! Send us an email if you’d like to help.

This is GDETF’s major fundraiser and we welcome your support! All the profits of this ride go back into improving and maintaining the campgrounds and other local trails.

Marking the trails

Poker Ride

Annual Poker Ride

This year (2019) we’re having a Weekend Extravaganza – a full weekend event combining the Poker Ride and the Fun Ride.

See the Weekend Extravaganza page for details!

See the photo album from our recent Poker Ride

Georgetown Divide Equestrian Trails Foundation puts on an annual fall Poker Ride at Dru Barner Equestrian Campgrounds.

This ride features a relaxing, late morning 5-7 mile ride down the easy Enchanted Forest trail while you play your hand and have a chance at winning something fun!

Return back to the campground, take care of your horse, join us for a delicious lunch, and see if you have a winning poker hand! Cash and prizes!

Around the campfire

Afterwards, stay for the day or camp for the weekend. Relax in the beautiful woods of the campground or take a ride out on the 12-mile loop in the beautiful nearby Rock Creek Trails.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Fun Ride

Memorial Day weekend
SUNDAY May 26, 2019

May 26 GDETF Fun Ride CANCELLED…but save the date for our next event October 5/6 2019.

The rain got the best of us this time; however, after many conversations and meetings between the ride committee and GDETF board members, we have decided that instead of trying to beat the weather (rain now and the heat of the summer), we are going to skip to our October ride. It may be a Fun Ride, a Poker Ride, or a combination of both and is sure to be an EQUESTRIAN WEEKEND EXTRAVAGANZA done in true GDETF fashion with beautiful trails, delicious food, great music, and spectacular raffle prizes!


As most of you know, the Memorial Day weekend Fun Ride and our Poker Ride in October are our big fund raisers to continue with the improvements and maintenance of Dru Barner campground and area trails. We are going to be down one ride this year, and are planning some much needed work at the Balderston Staging Area, so please consider donating.

You can make a check payable to GDETF and mail to Terri Jimison, 5320 Hollow Lane, Greenwood, CA 95635….or go to our website and click on the Membership tab. You can sign-up on line and pay via PayPal to be a member and/or just donate. It is greatly appreciated!

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Come join us every Memorial Day weekend for the Annual Dru Barner Fun(d) Ride at the beautiful Dru Barner Campground and Equestrian Park just East of Georgetown.

Ride the Enchanted Forest for 5 miles, the 12-mile loop, or challenge yourself and your horse and head out on a 20-mile loop on the well-marked Rock Creek Trails. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner, salads, and dessert at the park. We’ll be selling raffle tickets until dinner and GDETF T-shirts/sweatshirts throughout the day.

2019 Fun Ride Forms
2019 Fun Ride Flyer 2019 Fun Ride Logistics
Junior Rider Signature Form
All Riders Under 18 must print this form, get the appropriate signatures and bring the form with you to the ride.
Fun Ride Raffle Prizes

Overnight camping on Saturday is encouraged or check-in early Sunday morning. Check-in begins 3 p.m. on Saturday and again 7 a.m. Sunday morning. 20-milers need to be on the trail by 9 a.m. and 12-milers by 10 a.m. This is so our sweep riders have enough time to get back for dinner with us! 5-milers may ride the trail at their convenience. ALL riders need to be back in camp by 4:00 p.m. for the BBQ and raffle.

Prior reservations are appreciated for food prep and quicker check-in. We need to receive your entry form and payment by May 18 so food preparation can begin! There is limited trailer parking so get your reservations in early before the cut-off point.  This event is very popular and fills up – DO NOT count on being a walk-in ride morning without a reservation.

Lots of wonderful raffle prizes

If you do not plan on riding this event, please consider volunteering to help out. There are many jobs to be done to put on such a successful event, and it’s a great group to work with.

If you have any other questions or would like to volunteer, please contact us.

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This is GDETF’s major fundraiser and we welcome your support! All the profits of this fun(d) ride go back into improving and maintaining the campgrounds and other local trails.

Marking the trails

Fun ride - horses drinking

Who We Are

GDETF (formerly EDETF) is a group of enthusiastic equestrians who are passionate about trail riding!  As such, we are dedicated to ensuring that we will always have beautiful trails to ride, adequate staging areas, and places to camp out with our horses.

The mission of GDETF is simple – to  do what we can to preserve and maintain existing places to ride on the Georgetown Divide and to obtain and develop new trails and easements whenever possible.

Since our inception in 1987, in cooperation with the United States Forest Service , we have created and improved several staging areas (Meadowbrook, Donaldson, Balderston Corrals), improved signage on trails, and the crown jewel of our accomplishments, creation of the beautiful Dru Barner Equestrian Park  located about 7 miles east of Georgetown.

We have also worked in partnership with other organizations such as Divide Horsemen’s Association (DHA ) in the creation of Cronan Ranch near the American River and the development of a new equestrian staging area on Salmon Falls Road, spearheaded by the American River Conservancy, with financial support provided by several groups, including GDETF. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all contributions are tax deductible.

One of our main activities is fundraising, which we do by holding a couple of popular rides each year, notably the Dru Barner Fun Ride held on Memorial Day weekend and the Poker Ride held in early October.   We plan additional camping trips at Dru Barner and educational  days to help keep everyone safe out on the trails.  We are always improving the trail marking and creating equestrian trail maps for the Rock Creek Trails.  Most importantly, members get together for workdays whenever the need arises to clear trails, make improvements to Dru Barner, and so forth.

The activities of GDETF are guided by our Board of Directors. These are folks from our general membership who willingly give their time to attend monthly meetings (first Thursday of most months), help to organize rides and activities, and make decisions about how best to use our funds to continue our mission.  In the past few years the board has used our funds to purchase additional picnic tables, fire rings, and corrals for Dru Barner Park.  We paid for road improvements in Dru Barner and cleanup of the Balderston staging area.

Additional members not formally on the Board work behind the scenes to help out with administrative duties, trail projects, and many other small but essential functions. Members who want to become more involved are always welcome to attend a board meeting – just check with us first to find out when and where.


Upcoming Projects

  • Balderston Staging Area Improvements including parking enhancements, improved drainage and the addition of a marquee for equestrians with equestrian trail maps.
  • Additional pipe corral installations at Dru Barner.
  • Equestrian Trail Mapping for Trails surrounding the Dru Barner Equestrian Campground

Past Projects

Click on image to see larger version or slideshow.

January-February, 2019 — Trash Removal
Thank you to GDETF Members Monte and Curt Kruger who cleaned up and hauled away the garbage around the bathrooms at Cronan and Magnolia staging areas during the Federal Government shutdown. Sometimes we have to reach beyond our mission of “trail work” and step in where the equestrian work is needed.

December 12, 2018 — New Pipe Corrals
Thank you to the GDETF volunteers who worked several days cleaning up Dru Barner and repairing and installing new pipe corrals.

May 19, 2018 — Pre-Ride Work Party
Awesome turnout for the Dru Barner work party for the 2018 Fun Ride! Thank you to all of the volunteers – the campground is beautiful!

February 3 & 4, 2018 — Boy Scouts Replace Horse Corrals
During February 3 and 4, 2018, Boy Scout Troop 745 from Lincoln, CA, took part in an Eagle Scout Project to replace 3 horse corrals at Dru Barner Campground. Eagle Scout candidate Nathan Pickett contacted the Georgetown Divide Equestrian Trails Foundation to help raise funds and provide help in installing the horse corrals. Two of the horse corrals replace a double corral that was stolen last year. The other horse corral replaces one damaged by a fallen tree during last winter. The El Dorado National Forest greatly appreciates the efforts of Nathan, Troop 745 and the Georgetown Divide Equestrian Trails Foundation.

Sunday August 30, 2015 — Corrals are all Painted!
Thanks to the efforts of (the usual suspects) Jerry Scribner, Jon Saunders, Pete Occhialini, and Kit and Janice Myers, all the galvanized corrals and their roofs were acid washed and painted inside and out to match the Powder River green corrals.  Our volunteers are AWESOME!

June 20-21, 2015 — Busy Weekend for GDETF Volunteers.
On Saturday, GDETF volunteers Jon Saunders, Pete Occhialini, Jerry Scribner, and Gary Mcfall installed new Powder River horse corrals at campsites 19, 20, and 23.  Additionally Jerry Scribner painted one of the donated galvanized corrals (previously installed) USFS green.  Eventually all the galvanized corrals will be painted to match the Powder River corrals.

Sunday June 21, 2015 — More Picnic Tables!
Jerry Scribner, Jon Saunders, Roger and Linda Glazier, and Helen Steenman assembled and installed four more picnic tables at two campsites and at the group picnic area.  We still have some fire-rings to install later this summer.  Most of the campsites will now be fully furnished with tables and fire rings, and we will continue to add corrals where ever we can fit them in.

May, 2015 — Balderson Staging Area
GDETF volunteers completed the Balderson Staging Area improvements that were started late last year with the removal of the old corral.  Blackberry clearing and a little tree limb trimming has created a half dozen additional rig pullouts within the site.  Check it out!

Corrals, picnic tables, and fire rings have been delivered and are waiting to be installed at Dru Barner!  We will soon be scheduling work days to accomplish these tasks.  We need your help! – PS> Jerry Scribner is spearheading this, the plan is completion before July 4, 2015!

New signage on Trust for Public Land (TPL) trail easements!

TPL trail sign

Over the past several years, Georgetown Divide Recreation District (GDRD) and GDETF (formerly EDETF) have partnered to develop and maintain equestrian/hiking trails on TPL trail easements located on four privately owned parcels in the vicinity of the Georgetown Airport.  Most recently, GDRD produced trail use regulation signage, which was placed on the trail easements by GDETF members Kit and Janice Myers and Tom and Nancy Sandy in early 2015.  These GDRD trail easements provide trail access for hikers and equestrians from Reservoir Road to Spanish Dry Diggins and the immediate area around the airport.

December, 2014 — New Corrals at Dru Barner Campground!
December 2014 saw the installation of a new double corral purchased by GDETF, and 4 additional donated corral stalls.  Kudos to our hard working volunteer crew!

Nov., 2014 — Balderston Corral Staging Area Cleanup
GDETF had all the blackberries removed to create more trailer parking at the staging area.  In spring, we will lay gravel.  This will at least double the amount of parking!  Currently these areas are taped off so the ground can settle before experiencing vehicle impact.

Oct. 29, 2014 — GDETF Work Day
During this work day, GDETF members met at the Georgetown Ranger Station to assemble four picnic tables purchased by the Foundation for use at Dru Barner Park.  We then loaded up the tables along with three fire rings that we had also purchased, and headed up to the Park.  We unloaded and positioned the tables and fire rings, and anchored them into the ground with concrete.

We are anticipating the arrival of a new double stall corral to add to Dru Barner.  It should be here any day, and when it arrives we will again head up to assemble and install this corral at the Park!


There is nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse. ~John Lubbock, “Recreation,” The Use of Life, 1894

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields

Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground. ~Author Unknown

It is not enough for a man to know how to ride; he must know how to fall. ~Mexican Proverb

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill

Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world. ~Josephine Demott Robinson

He knows when you’re happy
He knows when you’re comfortable
He knows when you’re confident
And he always knows when you have carrots.
~Author Unknown

The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears. ~Arabian Proverb

Ah, steeds, steeds, what steeds! Has the whirlwind a home in your manes? Is there a sensitive ear, alert as a flame, in your every fiber? Hearing the familiar song from above, all in one accord you strain your bronze chests and, hooves barely touching the ground, turn into straight lines cleaving the air, and all inspired by God it rushes on! ~Nikolai V. Gogol, Dead Souls, 1842, translated from Russian (above is combination of translations by Bernard Guildert Guerney, Richard Peaver, and Larisa Voloklonsky)

To ride a horse is to ride the sky. ~Author Unknown

There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse. ~Robert Smith Surtees, “Chapter XXX: Bolting the Badger,” Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour, 1853

Horses are uncomfortable in the middle and dangerous at both ends. ~Attributed to both Christopher Stone and Ian Fleming

It’s a lot like nuts and bolts – if the rider’s nuts, the horse bolts! ~Nicholas Evans

A lovely horse is always an experience…. It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words. ~Beryl Markham

I can always tell which is the front end of a horse, but beyond that my art is not above the ordinary. ~Mark Twain

The horses paw and prance and neigh,
Fillies and colts like kittens play,
And dance and toss their rippled manes
Shining and soft as silken skeins;…
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence. ~Pam Brown

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~Sharon Ralls Lemon

All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he’ll listen to me any day. ~Author Unknown

When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ~William Shakespeare, Henry V

A canter is a cure for every evil. ~Benjamin Disraeli

A horse is worth more than riches. ~Spanish Proverb

When you’re young and you fall off a horse, you may break something. When you’re my age, you splatter. ~Roy Rogers

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it. ~Author Unknown

In riding a horse we borrow freedom. ~Helen Thomson

It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This, however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required. ~Stephen Leacock

Feeling down? Saddle up. ~Author Unknown

God forbid that I should go to any Heaven in which there are no horses. ~R.B. Cunninghame Graham, letter to Theodore Roosevelt, 1917

Even an E-type Jaguar looks merely flash beside a really smart pony and trap. ~Marion C. Garretty

A horse which stops dead just before a jump and thus propels its rider into a graceful arc provides a splendid excuse for general merriment. ~Duke of Endinburgh

Again the early-morning sun was generous with its warmth. All the sounds dear to a horseman were around me – the snort of the horses as they cleared their throats, the gentle swish of their tails, the tinkle of irons as we flung the saddles over their backs – little sounds of no importance, but they stay in the unconscious library of memory. ~Wynford Vaughan-Thomas

You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people. ~Will Rogers

Wherever man has left his footprint in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization we will find the hoofprint of the horse beside it. ~John Moore

To me, horses and freedom are synonymous. ~Veryl Goodnight

A horse can lend its rider the speed and strength he or she lacks, but the rider who is wise remembers it is no more than a loan. ~Pam Brown

Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is served with muscle
And strength by gentleness confined
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
~Ronald Duncan, “The Horse,” 1954

One reason why birds and horses are happy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses. ~Dale Carnegie

The horse through all its trials has preserved the sweetness of paradise in its blood. ~Johannes Jensen

Horses lend us the wings we lack. ~Author Unknown

Spending that many hours in the saddle gave a man plenty of time to think. That’s why so many cowboys fancied themselves Philosophers. ~Charles M. Russell

Somewhere in time’s own space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
Some paradise where horses go,
For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again.
~Stanley Harrison

The horse is God’s gift to mankind. ~Arabian Proverb

In my opinion, a horse is the animal to have. Eleven-hundred pounds of raw muscle, power, grace, and sweat between your legs – it’s something you just can’t get from a pet hamster. ~Author Unknown

If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question, or asked the question wrong. ~Pat Parelli

Gipsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark. ~Attributed to the Claddaugh Gypsies of Galway

When the storm clouds in the west
Are quickly gathering
The ponies they run wild there
Before it rains
You’ll see their sleek dark bodies
Brightly gleaming
You know the fire is flying through
Their brains…
~J. Bullock, “Ponies” (John Denver)

I prefer a bike to a horse. The brakes are more easily checked. ~Lambert Jeffries

What delight
To back the flying steed, that challenges
The wind for speed! – seems native more of air
Than earth! – whose burden only lends him fire! –
Whose soul, in his task, turns labour into sport;
Who makes your pastime his! I sit him now!
He takes away my breath! He makes me reel!
I touch not earth – I see not – hear not. All
Is ecstasy of motion!
~James Sheridan Knowles, The Love-Chase

Horses – if God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself. ~Author Unknown

If you want a stable friendship, get a horse. ~Author Unknown

He’s of the colour of the nutmeg. And of the heat of the ginger…. he is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him; he is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts. ~William Shakespeare, Henry V

My horse’s feet are as swift as rolling thunder
He carries me away from all my fears
And when the world threatens to fall asunder
His mane is there to wipe away my tears.
~Bonnie Lewis

And Allah took a handful of southerly wind, blew His breath over it, and created the horse…. Thou shall fly without wings, and conquer without any sword. Oh, horse. ~Bedouin Legend

A horse doesn’t care how much you know, until he knows how much you care. ~Pat Parelli

Horses are creatures who worship the earth
as they gallop on feet of ivory.
Constrained by the wonder of dying and birth,
the horses still run, they are free.
~John Denver and Joe Henry, “Eagles and Horses”

A dog may be man’s best friend, but the horse wrote history. ~Author Unknown

The hooves of horses!
Oh! witching and sweet
Is the music earth steals from the iron-shod feet;
No whisper of lover, no trilling of bird,
Can stir me as much as hooves of horses
Have stirred.
~Will H. Ogilvie

The daughter who won’t lift a finger in the house is the same child who cycles madly off in the pouring rain to spend all morning mucking out a stable. ~Samantha Armstrong

He flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions. ~Stephen Leacock

Why did this animal that had prospered so in the Colorado desert leave his amiable homeland for Siberia? There is no answer. We know that when the horse negotiated the land bridge… he found on the other end an opportunity for varied development that is one of the bright aspects of animal history. He wandered into France and became the mighty Percheron, and into Arabia, where he developed into a lovely poem of a horse, and into Africa where he became the brilliant zebra, and into Scotland, where he bred selectively to form the massive Clydesdale. He would also journey into Spain, where his very name would become the designation for gentleman, a caballero, a man of the horse. There he would flourish mightily and serve the armies that would conquer much of the known world. ~James Michener

A horse is poetry in motion. ~Author Unknown

A Horseman should know neither fear, nor anger. ~James Rarey

She lifted the drooping muzzle with both hands… It was a special embrace saved for special occasions. ~Jean M. Auel

O! for a horse with wings! ~William Shakespeare, Cymbeline

Horse sense, n.: Stable thinking. ~Author Unknown

Men are better when riding, more just and more understanding, and more alert and more at ease and more under-taking, and better knowing of all countries and all passages; in short and long all good customs and manners cometh thereof, and the health of man and of his soul. ~Attributed to Edward Plantagenet


With appreciation to The Quote Garden.