Alpena local, Amanda Sumerix has always loved horses and dreamt of one day working on a ranch in Wyoming. Little did she know that one day she would be living that dream and eventually owning her own horse riding business in her home town.
Sumerix started riding lessons when she was 9 years old. “I loved it so much that I knew that that’s what I wanted to do when I grew up. When I started going to horse lessons it was hard to get me to leave the farm when my lesson was done. I loved everything about horses as a kid, it didn’t matter if I was riding, grooming, or cleaning stalls.”
During her summers off from college, Sumerix would work out west in Lander, Wyoming, where she worked at Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch as a wrangler and wilderness guide. It’s located 9,200 feet up in the Shoshone National Forest in the Wind River Mountain Range. Sumerix says, “The ranch is known as the most remote and highest elevation guest ranch and outfitter. Most days we would gain 3,000 feet in elevation, riding horses up to above timberline at 12,000 feet.” She had the experience of working with a herd of 100 horses, which helped strengthen her wilderness guide and horse packing skills.
Before too long, Sumerix started missing home and decided to move back to Alpena. “I missed the soft grass, rock-free dirt trails, Great Lakes, sandy beaches, calming rivers, and pristine forests that raised me,” she said. “I decided to bring my dream back home to Alpena, and start my own guided horseback trail riding business to share with Northern Michigan. There are so many places for people to go and get outside in Alpena, but there wasn’t anywhere that offered the outdoors and horses, so I wanted to share the joy of horses and the beauty of Northern Michigan with others.”
Sumerix opened her business this year in July 2020, and has been having much success with excited visitors booking trail rides. Each guided trail ride is 1-hour long at a walking pace. The farm is located on 400 acres, and guests can come for multiple different trail rides and still see different trails.
Sumerix welcomes all levels of horse riders, including those who have never ridden a horse before. “I enjoy teaching beginners a solid foundation of horsemanship skills and love to see them connect with the horses.” There are six horses on the farm, and they all have different personalities.
“I provide riding helmets and always provide a riding demonstration and instruction to make sure everyone knows how to best control my horses. Once we are riding, if guests ever need help then I am there for questions, and if they need any tack adjusted then I am happy to stop and assist.”
During the trail rides, guests will be able to take in the beautiful nature views of the woods and Thunder Bay River. You may also get a glimpse of some wildlife such as deer, porcupines, foxes, otters, and bald eagles. Sumerix will stop and allow guests to take pictures along the trails as well.
Rose Creek Horse Adventures will be offering trail rides year-round, but winter rides will be limited to the weekends. If you are riding on a colder day, make sure to layer and wear warm clothing. “As long as you’re dressed for our Michigan weather, our trails are gorgeous in any season,” explained Sumerix.
*Trail rides will be canceled or rescheduled due to inclement weather such as thunderstorms, high winds, or blizzards.*
If you are interested in riding the trails at Rose Creek Horse Adventures, contact Amanda Sumerix through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RoseCreekHorseAdventures
Featured Photo Courtesy: Amanda Sumerix