Horses and Trails

How to Be Successful with Both!

This webinar is 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.

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September 18, 2014

10:30 AM to 12:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:30 AM to 01:00 AM (Mountain Time)
12:30 PM to 02:00 AM (Central Time)
01:30 PM to 03:00 AM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost:

  • CEUs are FREE for this webinar.
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    Webinar Outline

    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:

    • Design guidelines for incorporating successful trail and trailhead amenities for equestrians with disabilities
    • Guidelines for equestrian trails, including trail lengths, clearances, tread widths, grades, slopes, and surfaces
    • Meeting equestrian trail users’ safety, including safety features for at-grade and below-grade road crossings
    • Resource protection techniques, including managing horse manure and identifying flora and fauna dangerous to equines


    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.)


    Webinar Partners


    Jan Hancock, Principal, Hancock Resources LLC
    Phoenix, AZ

    Jan Hancock, author of the FHWA and USDA Forest Service publication “Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds” and the principal of Hancock Resources LLC based in Phoenix, Arizona, will share her experience working with land managers, architects, landscape architects, planners, civil engineers and communities in planning equestrian and shared-use trails and recreational facilities. Jan plans trail systems with safety guidelines and well-designed trail experiences that are suitable for equestrians and other non-motorized trail users in urban, rural, and backcountry locations.

    Jan has a Bachelor of Science degree in design education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ and a Master of Arts Degree in Design and Community Education from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. She is a founder of the Arizona Trail Association supporting the 800-mile Arizona National Scenic Trail, a founder of the Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation supporting the 315-mile Maricopa Trail, and she just became a founder of the Sun Corridor Trail Alliance supporting the development of the 1,500-mile Sun Corridor Trail from Las Vegas, NV to Douglas, AZ on the Arizona/Mexico border. Jan is the executive director of the Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation, a nonprofit organization, and she serves as an equestrian representative on the American Trails Board of Directors.


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