Cross Country Schooling Opportunities in MSEA
Below are a listing of known cross country schooling area available at times to the public. If you know of additional places, please email Heather at email@example.com and we will get them posted. If circumstances change with any of the listed places, please also let us know.
Spring Gulch Horse Park - Littleton, Colorado. Pay Park Fee on entry, (honor system). See Omnibus for date restrictions for Horse Trial entrants. Water jump will not be available for schooling. Schooling is now available year round and the gate is open from sun up to sun down. Schooling is no longer allowed on the spillway, which is the Northeast corner of the park, near the soccer fields. Please stay off this area.
1. Due to the constraints placed on Highlands Ranch Metro District by the Corp of engineers the road is too narrow for two vehicles to pass. Highlands Ranch has solved this problem: when two trailers meet on the entry road at Spring Gulch the incoming trailer can pull over/off the road onto the trail. Highlands Ranch has placed "flexible " posts with reflector tape separating the trail from the road. Your trailer can safely straddle these bendable "posts". There are solid posts every 300 feet to keep us from driving on the trail. They expect you to use the trail this way. No trailer parking on the trail.
2. There is a new permanent bathroom at Spring Gulch. It can be remotely locked by HR when the park is closed. You open the door by pulling straight out. If you turn the handle down and pull it seems to act like its locked.
3. Annual $25.00 passes can be obtained at the Highlands Ranch Metro District office: 3280 Redstone Park Circle, HR, 80129.
If you see the Highlands Ranch folks over there working please thank them for the great work they are doing.
Pendragon Stud - Larkspur, CO. Our cross-country courses are offered for schooling for a nominal $20.00 fee. Although we only have full courses for green-as-grass and elementary, we do have some jumps at beginner novice, novice, training and preliminary. A total of over 30 fences, and we're adding more. You must call in advance, and a few restrictions apply. To schedule your time, call Laura at 720.371.9605.
Mile High Horse Ranch - Parker, CO. An outstanding schooling facility with over 20 varied types of well built fences at each level (Elementary through Training) including 2 water jumps, banks and a mound. We have added a marked gallop track where you can time your speed at E- P levels. Open all summer by appointment. Must be accompanied by an insured trainer. If you don't have a trainer, Lynn Klisavage will be happy to work with you. $25 per per horse. To make an appointment or for info. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aspen Ridge - Monument, Colorado. Call ahead for appointment. $30 per horse fee. Course generally open only on Wed. and Sat. Must be accompanied by Trainer. Trainer must show proof of insurance. (719) 487-9516. See omnibus under Bijou Springs HT listing and the Aspen Ridge Two Phase listing for course closed dates.
Powder Basin X-Country Schooling - Gillette, Wyoming. Course is on county land and open year round. Stadium area is locked. Must be a PBEA member to use or ride with member. Dressage Ring open for schooling. Cross-country jumps from Elementary to Preliminary. Water, ditches, drops and banks included. In parking area look for iron box to right of bulletin board with release forms. $20 schooling fee for non-members—deposit in locked box. Please do not ride and school the course when ground is wet.
Triple Creek Ranch - Longmont, Colorado. Come enjoy 64 acres of XC riding with wonderful footing, water jumps, banks and more. Polling hills and excellent for Elem. –Novice horses and riders. Open year round, $20 per horse, call for reservations to Lynn McChesney 303-444-4291. Includes using the stadium jump ring and dressage ring. Check it out at www.triple-creek-ranch.com.
Wendy Chase - Loveland, Colorado. Wendy will be hosting cross-country schooling at her farm on Wednesday and Saturdays. The cost is $25 and the rider must be accompanied by an approved trainer who has insurance. Please contact Wendy at 970.587.5262 for further information and/or an appointment.
Colorado Horse Park - Parker, Colorado. Times are scheduled by the hour. Time on the course may begin at 9:00 a.m. The last scheduled hour will be at 4:00 p.m. The course will be closed at 5:00 p.m. The cost is $40.00 per horse or rider. It is required that each rider be accompanied by a trainer on the course. Release forms may be obtained from the office prior to ride times. Release forms must be completed by trainer and rider prior to being on the course. Pinnys will be distributed on the day of riding and should be returned to the office after use. Please be aware of the weather for your ride. Call the office before leaving to check that the course is open if there has been excessive moisture. The schooling course is separate from our regular cross country course. The regular cross country course is closed and off-limits to all schooling riders. The schooling course is marked by signs for your convenience. If you are found on the off-limits area, you will be asked to leave and will not be permitted to school again in 2009. A map of the schooling area is available to all riders as they sign in. There will be no more than 10 riders on the course during any one hour. The schedule will be set - first come first scheduled. Please plan ahead and let me know how the office can make your time here as pleasant and useful as possible. Contact 303 841 5550 x 110.