Horses play a key role in our region’s history and heritage. We help make our busy trails safer by educating all trail users on proper trail etiquette and providing a one-of-a-kind free training area for all levels of horses and riders: from families with kids to our wounded veterans and everyone in between. It is the only course in the U.S. in a public park with natural obstacles and three levels of difficulty.
This is the only course like this in the country! Horses and riders have a free dedicated place to practice critical skills to use on our busy multi-use trails. Better-prepared horses and riders are safer and good stewards of our trails. A regional trail passes through the course, encouraging interaction among all trail users. Our group designs, funds, builds and maintains this gem in Bear Creek Regional Park.
We need funds and materials to continue building the course and creating educational signs. We also need Board members, on- and off-course volunteers, food and drinks for our monthly workdays.
The course is used by individuals, families, riding clubs and teams, Fort Carson Mounted Patrol and StableStrides (formerly Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center).
“The construction of The Equestrian Skills Course has enhanced our programs and given us new facilities to conduct our valuable work for our community. This unique park not only benefits StableStrides programs but also our community as a whole.” — Shannon Mitchell, Executive Director of StableStrides