Got Mud: Tackling Mud and Erosion on Equestrian Trails

This webinar aims to address these challenges by focusing on effective construction techniques, recommended products, and best management practices for trail planning, construction, and maintenance.

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August 31, 2023

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)

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Webinar Outline


Managing mud and erosion are two significant challenges frequently encountered on equestrian trails. The presence of mud on trails poses risks such as slippery riding conditions, potential loss of horses' shoes or boots, and overall unpleasant riding experiences. Soil erosion can result in uneven trail surfaces, which further jeopardizes the safety of riders. Moreover, erosion can contribute to the contamination of nearby water bodies such as creeks, rivers, and lakes.

This webinar aims to address these challenges by focusing on effective construction techniques, recommended products, and best management practices for trail planning, construction, and maintenance. By implementing these strategies, participants will learn how to minimize and mitigate the occurrence of mud and erosion. The webinar will also feature real-life examples and valuable insights from trail systems that have successfully tackled these issues on equestrian trails.

Learning Objectives:

  • What is the impact of mud on equestrian trail systems?
  • What is the impact of erosion on equestrian trail systems?
  • How can we mitigate the impact of water erosion in trail planning, construction and maintenance?
  • What lessons and best practices can be learned from how other trails systems have worked to mitigate the impact of water erosion on trails?

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


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Presenters


Jan Hancock, Principal, Hancock Resources LLC
Phoenix, Arizona

Jan is the author of two books, the “Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds” published by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center, and the guidebook titled “Horse Trails in Arizona.” She is an equestrian recreational facilities design consultant with her company, Hancock Resources LLC, and is a national speaker at trails and equestrian conferences and webinars. Jan has lived in Phoenix, Arizona over the past 40 years.

Jan has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, and a Master of Arts degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

Jan served on the Arizona Governor’s Growing Smarter Oversight Council and is the equestrian representative on the American Trails Board of Directors. She served a 9-year term on the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board and the Design Review Standards Committee. She was the past president of the Arizona Trail Association, the nonprofit support organization for the 800-mile Arizona National Scenic Trail, a border-to-border route that travels through lands managed by Federal, State, County, and Municipal agencies. Jan is a founder and the executive director of the Maricopa Trail + Park Foundation supporting the 315-mile Maricopa Trail, a loop spur trail system in the nation’s second-largest counties in the nation. Jaa is also a founding member of the Sun Corridor Trail Alliance, supporting the planning and construction of a 1,500-mile urban-centric trail system from Douglas, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada.

As an equestrian facilities and trails consultant, Jan has completed numerous master planning and trail system projects for cities and land management agencies across the United States. She is currently working on equestrian-use trails and trailhead planning for the City of Milton, GA, the City of Big Bear Lake and Big Bear Valley, CA, the Five Winds Ranch in Yucaipa, CA, and the Lake Arrowhead Trail System Master Plan in CA.

The daughter of a veterinarian, Jan has been horseback riding since she was three years old and has been horseback trail riding most of her life. She credits the remarkable saddle horses she has owned over her lifetime with the inspiration and passion for her career as an author and designer of equestrian-use outdoor recreational trails and related facilities.

 

Holley Groshek, Executive Director, Equine Land Conservation Resource
Lexington, Kentucky

Holley Groshek is the Executive Director of Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) an award winning educational based national nonprofit organization that works with communities, organizations, and individuals around the country to keep land open and accessible to horses and horse related activities. At the national level, ELCR has become the “go to” organization for land related issues within the equine community. The organization fulfills its mission working in partnership with a network of conservation partners at the national, state and local levels including organizations such as the Land Trust Alliance, United States Equestrian Federation, United States Eventing Association, Masters of Foxhounds Association, American Quarter Horse Association and various state and local equine and conservation related organizations. Ms. Groshek ‘s previous professional experience includes serving as Director of Administration and Equine Relations for the Alltech FEI 2010 World Equestrian Games and Executive Director of the Kentucky World Trade Center. She holds an MBA with a concentration in marketing and international business and has over thirty years of executive experience in nonprofit management. Ms. Groshek is an avid horsewoman and enjoys riding and training horses in her spare time. Holley grew up in upstate New York and has more than twenty years of experience riding and competing as an amateur rider. Working for ELCR holds a special interest for Holley because she believes that loss of land for equine use is one of the most critical issues facing the equine community. Holley lives in Lexington with her dogs Nika and Gucci, and Peggy May. She enjoys riding and training horses in her free time.

 

Clay Nelson, Owner, Sustainable Stables
Austin, Texas

Clay Nelson is the owner of the equestrian property planning and design firm Sustainable Stables LLC, based out of Austin, Texas. Clay has consulted on the planning, design and management of 100+ equestrian properties across 20 states and counting ranging from 5-acre private hobby farms to large equestrian parks, many of which include some form of equestrian riding trails. He has authored dozens of articles on sustainable horsekeeping topics in a variety of equestrian magazines, and has been an invited speaker at several national level equestrian events including the annual American Trails conference and the Equine Affaire. Clay has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Biology, Dartmouth College and a Master of Environmental Management, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.

 

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.

 


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