2018-12-08 / News

Best of America Equine Program To Feature Mackinac Island


Horseback riders enjoy Mackinac Island’s trails during a taping of the Best of America television show in September. Horseback riders enjoy Mackinac Island’s trails during a taping of the Best of America television show in September. Horseback riding on Mackinac Island will be featured on the Best of American cable television program in December, with footage filmed here September 28 through 30 to be aired in two episodes. The Best of America ride was a celebration for the Mackinac Horsemen’s Association’s 20th anniversary this year, said facility and program manager Ashley Day.

The first episode will air Thursday,

December 13, at 2 p.m. on the RFD-TV cable network. The Horsemen’s Association is planning a viewing party at the Huron Street Pub for those interested in watching downtown. The second episode will air Thursday, December 20, at 2 p.m.

During the taping, the organization held themed rides that featured state park sites like Fort Holmes, geologic structures like Arch Rock and Sugar Loaf Rock, numerous trails, and British Landing.


Riders participating in a filming of the Best of America horse riding television show visit Sugar Loaf Rock September 29. Two episodes featuring the Island will air in December. (Photographs by Kate Dupre) Riders participating in a filming of the Best of America horse riding television show visit Sugar Loaf Rock September 29. Two episodes featuring the Island will air in December. (Photographs by Kate Dupre) “That event was our flagship event for the season,” Ms. Day said. “We wanted to bring members together… and do something to show the flexibility and opportunities that our facility can give to the community.”

In addition to members and staff, representatives from the Inn at Stonecliffe, Mission Point Resort, Mackinac State Historic Parks, and Mackinac Island Tourism were interviewed for the show.

The weekend featured a community cookout for the riders, who pay to travel around the country for such events. Participants could bring their own horses or rent horses from the Mackinac Community Equestrian.

The Best of America show has a steady following, Ms. Day said, noting she expects to see increased interest in the equestrian center next summer because of it.

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