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 "Steps" obstacle and "Flats" obstacle including bridges and rock and log jumbles to practice on. As of Fall 2022, we have been working hard on the newest obstacle "The Switchbacks".
"The Pond" is in need of renovation and there is discussion going on with the county administration regarding it.
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.
The course is open every day from dawn to dusk and is free to the public.
We do ask for donations though, as our friends group is fully tasked with fundraising, designing, building and maintaining the course with no monetary or labor assistance from El Paso County Parks. This is a unique course and the only one in the country, if not the world, where it’s completely free and open to the public. It also features beginner, intermediate and advanced levels at each obstacle.
Parking is along the north side of the RV parking lot near the dirt pile at Norris-Penrose Event Center (NPEC) as shown on the map on our Facebook page and website. The event center is at 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80905.
When you enter NPEC, follow the signs for the Equestrian Skils Course (ESC) parking.
Drawings of planned obstacles and
map of the skills course.
(Drawn and donated by Mark BIbb)