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    Equestrians Celebrate the Year of the Horse in Jeffco Open Space

    -- THE MAY 18th EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED due to snow and mud at the site. Reschedule date to be determined.--

    2014 marks the Year of the Horse – part of a 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and calendar. Celebrations are occurring all over the world, and homage is paid to the horse. The western tradition of horseback riding on Open Space trails has a long and rich history.

    Help celebrate the Year of the Horse with three special Share the Trail events involving Volunteer Equestrian Patrollers, Park Rangers, and equestrian clubs such as the Buffalo Bill Saddle Club, Front Range Backcountry Horsemen, Intermountain Horse Association, and Jefferson County Horse Council. Fun and educational displays will center around trail etiquette between equestrians, bikers, and hikers. Participants will take away an understanding of horses and how safety is a rider’s primary concern.

    Participants are encouraged to ask questions of the Patrollers and Rangers to learn about sharing the trail and interacting with horses. There will be a Horse Height demonstration at which people can sit atop a suspended barrel ‘horse’ to understand the height and unsteadiness a rider feels on a mount. Children are encouraged to attend and learn.

    Sunday May 18, 10AM-2PM, White Ranch Park, West Parking Lot
    Sunday June 29, 10AM-2PM, Elk Meadow Park, Lewis Ridge Parking Lot
    Saturday September 13, 10AM-2PM, North Table Mountain Park, Main Parking Lot – Hwy.93

    The Jeffco Parks Department is comprised of Jeffco Open Space, the Fairgrounds, CSU Extension, Boettcher Mansion and Weed and Pest. Open Space, the largest division, was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972 and preserves natural and cultural resources, provides quality outdoor recreation experiences and promotes sound environmental stewardship. Jeffco Open Space is funded with a one-half of one-percent sales tax that has protected over 52,000 acres and created 28 regional parks and 227 miles of trails in Jefferson County.

    Thea Rock
    Communications Manager

    May 1, 2014

    Last Updated: 5-16-2014