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American Trails presented "Horses and Trails – How to Be Successful with Both!" as a part of the American Trails "Advancing Trails Webinar Series"


arrow A recording of this webinar is available for purchase. Original webinar took place September 18, 2014.

arrow See QUESTIONS and ANSWERS from the webinar by the presenter, Jan Hancock




"Horses and Trails – How to Be Successful with Both!"


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American Trails presented this Webinar on top-notch trails and facilities for equestrians. The presenter, Jan Hancock, led this detailed educational journey about equestrians, and the elements of success in planning, designing, and building trails and related recreational facilities that function successfully for horseback riders and their animals.

Read more and learn about the presenter...


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Whether you are an equestrian or not, we know horses are out on thousands of trails across America. In fact, 70% of the 9 million horses in our nation are used for recreational riding, and many millions more horseback riders are riding on recreational trails around the world.

How do equestrians, land managers, landowners, planners, landscape architects, civil engineers, and trail builders succeed in planning, building, using, and maintaining trails for the recreational riders and their pack stock?

Integrating equestrians into trails and transportation systems in urban, front country, rural, backcountry, or wilderness areas can seem like a daunting assignment to people unfamiliar with horses. This Webinar is designed to provide many of the answers to the questions about how to successfully include horses and riders into the trails environment.

Some specific topics that will be covered during this Webinar are:

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Jan is one of the primary authors of the book, Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds. She encourages you to download or obtain a FREE copy of the Guidebook in advance of the webinar.

Digital copy:

This book is available online in full color at the Federal Highway Administration's publications page

There are no copyrights! You can cut and paste any photographs, drawings, tables, or text from the online version of this book to use when creating specifications, RFQs, RFPs, or doing bid proposals, etc.

Print copy:

FREE printed black and white copy of this 312-page book is available from FHWA (FREE shipping in the US):

The book is publication  # 0723-2816-MTDC. (Listed alphabetically under the book title - Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds.  Limit is one copy per address per each online order. Multiple copies available upon request.)


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Jan Hancock, presenter for the Webinar:

Jan is one of the authors of the book “Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds,” published by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and the USDA Forest Service in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

She is an equestrian trails and facilities planning and design consultant in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the principal of Hancock Resources LLC, a company that provides planning and design services to landscape architecture and civil engineering companies, as well as land management agencies and private clients. Jan is a featured speaker at national and regional trails conferences and she has completed numerous equestrian trail, trailhead, campground and arena master plans and facilities design projects throughout the nation over the past fifteen years.

As a columnist and free-lance writer, Jan has written more than 300 articles for equestrian, trail, travel, campground, and recreation publications. She was appointed to serve six years on the Arizona Governor’s Growing Smarter Oversight Council where she was active in long range planning for the state of Arizona, and she served under mayoral appointment for nine year terms on the City of Phoenix Parks Board and Design Review Standards Committee. Jan was named as one of the Top 20 Arizona Leaders of the Year in Public Policy in 2013 by Arizona Capitol Times.

As a member of the American Trails Board of Directors, Jan serves as the organization’s equestrian representative. She is also an active supporter of many national and state equestrian organizations, including the American Horse Council, American Quarter Horse Association, Back Country Horsemen of America, Arizona Horse Council, and the Equine Land Conservation Resource. In Arizona, Jan has served as president of several nonprofit organizations, including the Arizona Trail Association, Maricopa County Trail and Park Foundation, and Friends of the West Valley Recreation Corridor.


More about Jan Hancock on the American Trails website:

arrow See QUESTIONS and ANSWERS from the webinar by the presenter, Jan Hancock

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