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


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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, 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. Jan 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.


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