Who we are . . .
“Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course promotes the education of equestrians and other trail users by developing and maintaining a public equestrian skills course.”
We are a group of dedicated equestrians who are lending their talents to build an equestrian skills course at Bear Creek Regional Park (just off 8th street) in Colorado Springs.
Several people had seen courses similar to the one proposed for Bear Creek Regional Park. The idea is for riders and horses to learn to navigate obstacles found in wilderness trails in a controlled environment. The course will contain various obstacles for all ages and skill levels of horses and riders.
Because of the location it will provide interaction with other user groups on select perimeters, plus include a mainstream multi-user trail through the area. Each obstacle will have a few different approaches and departures or variations to allow for horses and riders to increase their skills.
The course currently has a completed "Pond" obstacle, "Steps" obstacle, and most of the "Flats" obstacle including bridges, rock and log jumples to practice on. We are working on completing "The Flats" obstacle and starting "The Switchbacks" obstacle in Spring 2022. There is also plans to add a pavillion where people can gather or events can be hosted.
The course is in the southeast corner of Bear Creek Regional Park. It has been approved by the
El Paso County Parks Department as part of the park's master plan.
Drawings of planned obstacles and
map of the skills course.
(Drawn and donated by Mark BIbb)