Annual membership helps to promote the BRLA, special events, preserve open land, and the trail system winding through bucolic private and public property. Thank you in advance for your support so the BRLA can maintain this iconic asset and equestrian nature within our community.
Since 1920, the BRLA has maintained 100 linear miles of trails which extend and connect throughout the Bedford, Bedford Hills, Bedford Corners, Mt. Kisco, Katonah and Pound Ridge areas. The BRLA is actively engaged in the community with our historic system of trails and furthering the legacy of our equestrian traditions.
Continued membership enables us to effectively communicate with local communities, as well as fund the necessary equipment and personnel that helps everyone enjoy the countryside. Our continued success and trail maintenance depends on member support.
Bedford's riding trails were first cleared nearly a century ago as an accommodation to the Fairfield-Westchester Hunt. They provided a means for foxhunters to travel across the countryside to meets.
In 1920, a group of horsemen and large property owners established the Private Lanes Association. Their aim was to preserve, protect, and maintain a system of country lanes and trails on private property. This was convenient for equestrians, who were able to avoid the paved roads and increasing automobile traffic. More than 50 miles of such trails were open and additions were constantly made.
The Private Lanes Association became a publicly-supported, non-profit organization, known today as the Bedford Riding Lanes Association, under the auspices of Marilyn Simpson. Today, the BRLA still preserves more than 100 miles of the most beautiful trails in the Eastern United States.