Category Archives: From the President
After too much procrastination, I have updated the results section of the website to include results from Fun In the Sun, along with the championship standings through round 2.
Our next event in this non-typical spring season will be at Hickory Hills in Lenoir City, TN on June 25-26. This is the weekend before Family Camp at TTC, so if you have trials friends coming to family camp from other areas, let them know about our event so they can come ride with us.
I know that Papa Joe is excited to be back on the schedule for 2022. Look for sign up information for this event in early June.
Wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope everyone is able to spend time with family and friends over the next couple of weeks. If you’re able to get a little riding in too, all the better!
I have incorporated rule changes approved by the membership at the business meeting and posted to rules for 2022 to the Riding Rules section of the website.
After the toy trial at TTC we spent some time the following day to scout some section locations for the national. We’ve identified some good section areas that haven’t been used in a while (if ever). We will have a work weekend on January 15-16 (and 17 if that is a holiday for you) to start the work of clearing out sections. A couple of us will be bringing chainsaws and limb loppers. Come on out and pitch in!
2021 Championship Season Results
The 2021 season championship results are in and have been added to the results page, or take a look at them at the link below.
Congratulations to the podium place finishers, as well as all of the competitors in 2021.
- Alexander Niederer
- Alan Shirley
- Ray Peters
- Blake Bronstein
- Mika Lonsdale
- Dallas Pierce
- Tim Cone
- Kris Gilreath
- Sherman Smith III
- Sherman Smith II
- Dan Green
- Talon Smith
- Ben Eudy
- David Barber
- Gary Holber
- Randy Sharp
- Damon Sexton
- Tommy Justice
- Dylan Green
- Greg Coley
- Tracy Martin
- Bradley Evans
- SaraBeth Smith
- Jason Campbell
- Jimmy Sharpe
- John Montoya
At least four sets of eyes have reviewed them so we believe everything is correct. However it is remotely conceivable there might be some discrepancies between what you think happened, what actually happened and what we recorded happening. This was not out of malice towards you, most likely a simple mistake, so please approach us with an appropriate attitude and we will do our best to uncover what actually happened. The competition director can be contacted here: Dawn Shirley 423-593-1134 CompetitionDirector@stratrials.com
2021 Business Meeting
It’s hard to believe that we’re over halfway through the 2021 season, and are in our summer break. Even though STRA is on break, there are plenty of trials events in June and early July to keep even the hardcore trials enthusiast satisfied. These include:
June 5 – Trials des Georgia at the Chirt Pit in Ringgold
June 5 – North Georgia Vintage Trials at Henry’s Hills in Cornelia
June 6 – CVOTC trials in Albemarle, NC
June 12 – AHRMA trials in Bybee, TN
June 19-20 – AMA/NATC National in Farrandsville, PA
June 26-27 – AMA/NATC National in Little Hocking, OH
June 28-30 – Family Camp at the Trials Training Center
July 1-3 – East Coast Youth Nationals & Women’s Open 2021 at the Trials Training Center
Enjoy your summer and we’ll see you in the fall when our season resumes at Henry’s Hills in Cornelia, GA on September 18-19.
I wanted to provide an update since starting the transition into the president’s role. To date, I’ve been primarily been learning how things work. A big thanks to Ray, Dawn, Kim, Francois, Douglas, Randy and Juney for their help. I don’t anticipate making any drastic changes but just some little tweaks here and there to enhance communications and organization.
In early January, the website will be updated to accept 2021 memberships. There has been some discussion of a permanent or season long rider number for use with the clipboard scoring. We believe we have a way to make that happen with minimal impact on the riders, checkers, and scorers. We’ll announce that when we open up the website for 2021 memberships. The clipboard scoring was implemented in response to the pandemic, and will continue into the 2021 season. I’m hopeful that conditions will permit a return to scorecard scoring sometime in 2021.
Our first club event for 2021 is the 2020 Awards Banquets and Fun Trial. This year it will be held at The Alan Shirley International Pavilion and Recreational Sports Complex, Main Ballroom, 100 Pierce Drive, Ringgold, GA (credit to Francois for coining the name). The banquet will be on February 20, 2021 and the fun trial the following day.
The first trials event of the season will be Fun In the Sun with the Florida Trials Association on March 6-7 at the Hardrock Offroad Park in Ocala, Florida. Ray has been working with the other trials masters to establish the rest of the 2021 schedule. We will publish that in January.
As we close out a year unlike any other, I hope you all have an opportunity to spend time with friends and family over the Christmas and New Years Holidays.