Derby City Mustang Club Vice-President Joe Walter served as the official emcee of the Pony
After cruising through parts of rural Kentucky, the September in the Park Pony Trails stop
Last year, September in the Park was one of Mustang Monthly's scheduled Pony Trails. However, when Hurricane Ivan became the third storm to threaten our central Florida offices, we canceled the trip to Kentucky to protect home and family. Thankfully, club VP Joe Walter saved the day for us by serving as the Trail Boss and leading the group to Kentucky Speedway. This year, with Hurricane Ophelia moving away, we were able to make the trip.
The Kentucky Pony Trails proved to be one of the most organized ever. Theoda Franklin, the resource and conservation coordinator for several northern Kentucky counties, planned the scenic route, which mostly paralleled the Little Kentucky River. Carroll County Tourism Director Sarah Oak arranged police escorts not only in Carrollton, but also at intersections in neighboring counties.
With police halting traffic and Joe Walter leading the way, our journey to Our Best Restaurant in Smithfield was both enjoyable and uneventful. I rode along in the '91 Saleen convertible owned by club President Gene Smith, who kept his cammed and supercharged Saleen on a leash during the slow moving cruise.
Our Best Restaurant rolled out the green grass carpet for our 115-car caravan, providing ample parking, good food (inside the restaurant and at an outside cook-out), a live band, and even port-a-potties to accommodate those who had spent the last two hours drinking coffee. After a leisurely two-hour visit, we saddled up for the trip back to General Butler State Resort Park.