Equestrian Trail Design for Urban Shared Use Trails

In partnership with Equine Land Conservation Resource, this webinar addresses methods used in constructing equestrian trails for shared use while also including ADA interface in an urban environment.

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August 22, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

(learning credits are a $15 fee)

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Webinar Outline

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Rhino Marking & Protection Systems, this webinar is free to the public.

In partnership with Equine Land Conservation Resource, this webinar addresses methods used in constructing equestrian trails for shared use while also including ADA interface in an urban environment. It highlights key materials and tread surfacing that are horse friendly from both a safety and best practices-sustainability perspective. The webinar also explores wilderness design criteria used to build trails to provide maximum sustainability.

The webinar focuses on several trail corridors that include Mountain View Trail (Scottsdale, AZ), Via Dona Trail (Scottsdale, AZ), Murphy Bridle Path (Phoenix, AZ), and Cave Creek Town Trail (Cave Creek AZ). Topics of discussion also include alignment/design, signage, crossings/ADA access/materials, staging areas, and public involvement/notification.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about new materials for trail surfacing and crossings
  • Discover ideas about the integration of equestrian riding into more urbanized area to interface well with ADA and other users
  • Learn best practices for sustainability for wilderness trails


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).


Matthew Woodson, President and Founder, Okanogan Trail Construction

Matt Woodson has been a wilderness trails development contractor for over 35 years. He has worked extensively on remediation of trails for use primarily by packers and horseback guiding across the U.S. His work has even reached as far Africa working with the USFS to train locals to build and maintain trails to promote land/wildlife conservation efforts for the African Guerilla.



James "Jim" Coffman, President, Coffman Studio

Jim Coffman’s experience mixes over 30 years of environmentally conscious and sustainable public and private sector planning and landscape architecture work with over 10 years of teaching at Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas. Jim is one of the co-authors of the Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds for the US Forest Service. He has completed 20+ regional bicycle, pedestrian, and complete streets master plans and projects in Arizona; some winning awards from the American Planning Association, AZ Chapter and the AZ Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Other multi-modal and planning design work includes complete streets guidelines, bicycle and pedestrian design guidelines, urban core design guideline, and design/construction oversight for urban paths and trails.



Denise O’Meara, Director of Education, Equine Land Conservation Resource

Denise O’Meara is a professional landscape architect (PLA) and director of education for Equine Land Conservation Resource, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of and advocacy for the equine land, facilities and trails that are needed for all horse activities. Denise’s education and experience include two areas that mesh well. An equine and farm management degree lead to an earlier career in thoroughbred training, breeding and farm management. Her later degree and profession in landscape architecture include project work in community planning, master planning, sustainable and low-impact design and construction of municipal and state parks, school and university campuses, and recreational, greenway, trail, stormwater and transportation infrastructure. These two fields merge in her work assisting local organizations and communities to advocate and act for equine access.



Webinar Resources

Equestrian Wildland Trail Construction and Maintenance Techniques (PDF)

Okanogan Trail Construction


Coffman Studio


Recreational Use Statutes


Equine Land Conservation Resource


Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) – Chapter 10: Recreation Facilities


Closed Captioning

We are offering closed captioning for our webinars, thanks to a partnership with VZP Digital. If you are in need of this service, please email us prior to the webinar. An unedited transcript will be sent to all attendees following the webinar.

Learning Credits and CEUs

American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES PDH)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
  • CEU equivalency petition for other organizations (please inquire with American Trails)

Learning credits are included in the registration fee. Free webinars require a $15 fee for learning credits.

Our webinars earn the following credits: AICP (1.5 CM), LA CES (1.5 PDH), and NRPA CEU equivalency petition (0.10).

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