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 Credit Cost: FREE


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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).


Webinar Partners


Matthew Woodson, Owner/Founder, Ocotillo Trail Consulting
Glenwood, New Mexico

Matt Woodson has been a wilderness trails development contractor for more than 38 years. He has worked extensively on the remediation of multi-use trails. His work has even reached as far as Africa, working with the USFS International Program to train locals to build and maintain trails to promote land/wildlife conservation efforts for the African gorilla, as well as working in National Parks in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


James "Jim" Coffman, President, Coffman Studio Landscape Architecture + Planning
Fayetteville, AR

Jim Coffman is a registered Arizona and Arkansas landscape architect whose experience mixes 30+ years of environmentally conscious and sustainable, public, and private-sector work with over 13 years of teaching at Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas. Jim has completed over a dozen pedestrian and bicycle master plans in the southwest, and that work and his interest in active transportation caused him to be create and teach for the 4th time, an elective class in University of Arkansas’ Department of Landscape Architecture: Walk, Bike, Link: Active Transportation and Placemaking. The Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) honored Jim with the 2012 AZ Landscape Architect of the Year and the 2014 Educator of the Year. He is their Past-President and Past-Trustee. He is currently the Faculty Advisor for the UArk Student ASLA Chapter and University liaison with the Arkansas Chapter of the ASLA. He has an MLA from Ball State University and a BS in Business Management and Administration from Indiana University.

Coffman Studio is a Tempe, Arizona-based landscape architecture and planning firm formed in 2004, specializing in open space, parks, recreation, multi-modal planning and design, custom residential design, and the creation of landscapes and communities that support sustainable, healthy, and inspired living. Our primary goal is the creation of a holistic connectivity between people, site, culture, and client needs. Coffman Studio’s work has been recognized through awards from Arizona Forward, the Arizona Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Planning Association, as well as being featured in Phoenix Home and Garden, Hearth and Home, and Atomic Ranch magazines, and in numerous feature articles on Houzz.com. Our public and private-sector client base results from the referrals of our satisfied clients, repeat business, and the strong reputations of the firm’s President, James Coffman, PLA and Principal, Justin Azevedo, PLA.


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.


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  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES PDH) (most HSW approved)
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  • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

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