2006-03-23 / Front Page

Dudes and dudettes saddle up for the Terry Tankersley Memorial Trail Ride

The Terry Tankersley Memorial Trail Ride will take place Saturday, March 25, at the Bussey Point Recreation Area.

The event is sponsored annually by the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce.

Without Terry Tankersley, the chamber's dream of hosting an annual trail ride would never have become a reality. The local cattle rancher passed away in 2001 at the age of 47.

According to Tiwanna Ferguson, chamber president, "Years ago, when we started planning our first spring trail ride, we realized we didn't have a place near Bussey Point where people could park their trailers. At that time, Terry agreed to let us use some of his pasture land for parking and camping. He even moved fencing and cows. Without Terry's generosity and hard work throughout the years, the trail rides would not have been possible."

Tankersley's family has graciously agreed to allow the chamber of commerce to use the field again this year. The field is on the left-hand side of the road just past Newberry Baptist Church on Double Branches Road, near the entrance to the Bussey Point Recreation Area.

After parking and unloading in "Tankersley's Field," horsemen may purchase armbands for $5 each and ride at their leisure from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The numbers on the armbands will be checked by chamber volunteers whenever riders enter or depart the Bussey Point gate area.

A negative Coggins test and outof state health papers are required. Also, water will be provided for the horses.

Concerning meals and snacks, riders can pack a picnic basket and/ or enjoy some of the wonderful food prepared by Paradise Enterprises which will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the premises. Paradise Enterprises will likewise cater lunch overlooking the lake at Bussey Point, the midway point of the ride.

The menu for the day includes a wide variety of breakfast biscuits, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, barbecued chicken plates, and soft drinks.

"The chamber expects great participation in the event," said the chamber president. Ferguson further encouraged non-riders to come out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather and the wonderful food and fellowship at Bussey Point.

Also, for those wishing to make a weekend of it, primitive camping sites are available on a first come, first served basis.

Owned and operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Bussey Point is a 2,545acre, multiple-use recreation area located at the end of Double Branches Road. The peninsula is heavily forested and contains abundant wildlife; it also features 32.5 miles of shoreline and nine miles of trails winding through a natural forest setting. Directional signs are posted along the trails to help visitors locate points of interest including a primitive picnic area and a wildlife observation tower.

For more information about the Terry Tankersley Memorial Trail Ride, contact the chamber office at 706-359-7970.

In conjunction with the trail ride, the Tankersley Family is hosting a supper on Friday, March 24, beginning at 6 p.m. at Tankersley Field.

The public is cordially invited to attend. Citizens asked to slow down The Terry Tankersley Memorial Trail Ride is set for Saturday, March 25, at the Bussey Point Recreation Area. The event is sponsored annually by the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. Pictured at a previous chamber trail ride is Glen Hardeman.

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