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Webinar: Current and Future Trends in Equestrian Trails

June 24, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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Webinar: Current and Future Trends in Equestrian Trails

June 24, 2021 – 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern

This equestrian forum offers an excellent format and opportunity to interact with panel experts and learn more about trending equestrian trails topics today and looking forward to the future.

Sharing current educational information with recreational trail planners, land managers, and trail users can be vitally important to the future success of sharing multi-use trails with equestrians. Learning about new trail technologies and responsible approaches to trail sustainability, stewardship, and inclusive community engagement can help guide us.

This will be a moderated panel with experts from the equestrian community and beyond discussing the following topics:

  • Conserving Equestrians’ Trails Resources (Holley Groshek)
  • Community Engagement & Inclusion in Trail Planning (Cole Gehler)
  • Equestrian Trails Sustainability & New Technologies (Clay Nelson)
  • Land Managers’ Challenges & Opportunities (Deb Caffin)

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe eco-friendly materials that support the sustainability of equestrian-use trails
  • Recognize trail user practices that can create safety hazards for equestrians
  • Evaluate best practices and trends in planning and designing equestrian trails
  • Identify community outreach techniques for planning inclusive trail user opportunities

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Tennessee Valley Authority this webinar (and learning credits) is FREE to the public.



For more information and to register, go to: https://www.americantrails.org/training/current-and-future-trends-in-equestrian-trails


Holley Groshek:

Holley will focus on providing key educational resources available to support equine access to trails. She will highlight what is available from ELCR and BCHA and Jan Hancock’s Equestrian Guidebook etc. that people can access after the webinar.

Cole Gehler:

Most people like the idea of creating more trails and connections in their community, but not all understand the needs of other user groups. Cole will discuss various approaches to community engagement on a variety of trail planning projects.

Clay Nelson:

Clay will discuss best practices to protect land and water on equestrian trails while also providing a safe, enjoyable riding experience, with a focus on new eco-friendly solutions ideal for use on equestrian trails and trailheads.

Deb Caffin:

Deb will discuss why “Sustainable, Stewardship, and Community” are not just the buzz words of the day but represent the future of trails on public lands. Hear about how the USDA Forest Service’s 10 Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge Launch and Learn is setting the foundation for a more sustainable system of trails and how you can help.


June 24, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm




American Trails