Country Horsemen of America Welcomes Parker Elizabeth
Riding Club as New Advocacy Partner
Sarah Wynne Jackson
you hearing about “No Horses” signs being posted at trailheads in other
parts of your state? Do you want to do something to prevent those signs from
appearing at your local public properties? That’s why many riding clubs become
advocacy partners with Back Country Horsemen of America; they’ve seen BCHA’s
success in preserving our right to ride horses on public lands and want to know
how they can do that in their state.
Parker Elizabeth Riding Club, a nonprofit group located in the towns of Parker
Elizabeth, Colorado, is one example. They’ve seen horses nearly eliminated from many trails in
and around nearby Boulder, simply because other trail users complained about trucks and trailers taking
up too much space in trailhead parking lots and manure left on trails.
their area is more rural than Boulder, the group is concerned it’s just a matter of time and have resolved not to
allow that to happen on their local trails. To that end, PERC has become an
advocacy partner with Back Country Horsemen of America.
A Meeting Place
for Horse People
of about 140 members, the Parker Elizabeth Riding Club was incorporated in 1985
and is dedicated to promoting equestrian activities and educational
opportunities for its members and the communities of Douglas and
. Members participate in training clinics, trail rides, overnight camping
trips and numerous social events. Monthly meetings include speakers who discuss
relevant issues such as trailer safety, veterinary care, and feeding.
Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
group shares Back Country Horsemen of America’s vision of preserving trail
riding opportunities in the midst of development.
has more front country trail systems and open space than any other county in
the state of
. These resources are used extensively by many different trail users and PERC
members are determined to keep horses on those lands.
maintain and clean trails on public properties throughout Douglas and
. PERC also sends members out each year on National Trails Day. Being located in
a rural area, many members are ranchers who are experienced with chain saws,
hand saws, and other equipment necessary for trail work. Saddle mules haul
equipment and material.
their efforts to get the word out about our right to ride on public lands, PERC
members usually pick a trail near the city that’s heavily used so they can
meet as many people as possible, while providing a service for a high number of
Back Country Horsemen of
’s spirit of cooperation, the Parker Elizabeth Riding Club seeks out
relationships with other local organizations, such as the Douglas County
Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol, the Douglas-Elbert County Horse Council,
Roundup Riders of the
, and the Colorado Horse Council.
also works with federal, state, county and town governments, as well as private
entities to protect and expand trail riding opportunities. They identify and
create trail corridors, and encourage the granting of easements and
rights-of-way for the purpose of horseback riding and other compatible,
the voice of horse users in their area, PERC members routinely participate in
meetings concerning public lands. They recently attended meetings with
and the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Commission brainstorming ideas on
how to encourage young people to utilize the state’s beautiful forests and
Country Horsemen of
is pleased the Parker Elizabeth Riding Club is taking seriously the protection
of our right to ride horses on public lands. Every new advocacy partner adds to
our voice as horse users across the country.
Back Country Horsemen of
is a non-profit corporation made up of state organizations, affiliates, and at
large members. Their efforts have brought about positive changes in regards to
the use of horses and stock in the wilderness and public lands.
you want to know more about Back Country Horsemen of America or become a member,
visit their website: www.backcountryhorse.com, call 888-893-5161, or write
PO Box 1367
. The future of horse use on public lands is in our hands!
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