Trail Worker Award

This award recognizes an individual that has made outstanding contributions and provided consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance. It is intended to recognize the efforts of a private or public sector individual working for enhanced trail recreation on either the local, state, or national level.


New Jersey: Janice Elsishans

Over the course of the past 15 years, Janice introduced the sport of Competitive Mounted Orienteering to NJ.

Janice realized that her Adopt-a-Trail in Mahlon Dickerson Reservation (Morris County, NJ) was an ideal place to Manage CMOs. Once or twice yearly, Janice is Ride Manager at Mahlon Dickerson. Always ready to hitch up her trailer and explore new trails, Janice collected information on every NJ trail she could find. She enlisted a small group of avid trail riders to Field Check trails in their parts of NJ. As a result, the very first NJ Horse Trails Book was published by the NJ Horse Council. An updated version, called Phase 2 is now selling to NJ trail riders as well as out of state riders, looking to use NJ trails.

Janice has been a NJ Horse Council member for over 15 years. She was asked to be on the NJHC Board and now functions as Corresponding Secretary. Since 2000, the NJHC has sent Janice as our NJ Representative to Conferences throughout the USA. Janice has returned, each time, eager to share the new information she has gained and promote Horse Trails in NJ. Lusscroft is Janice’s current Project. Over the past four years, Janice has spearheaded the Equestrian Segment of the Lusscroft Farm renovation and preservation. Another grant has been written and approved for 2008-09 work on the horse facilities. Janice’s efforts are showing progress and promise.

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