Many of the Caledonia Conservancy’s most passionate supporters and volunteers are also horse enthusiasts. We have a unique community of equestrians that consist of farm owners, trainers, barn managers, and exhibitors who all enjoy our vast trail system. These lands that are available to riders are a combination of Conservancy-owned and privately-owned properties.
On our trail system, riders enjoy varied terrain such as woodlands, hills, rivers, and prairies — enough to keep them happily in the saddle for many hours. We work hard to keep our footing in good condition and ask that riders exercise caution after the snow melts in early spring and after a heavy rainfall.
Each year, our Stewardship Committee hosts the Mane Event, which is open to anyone in the horse community. We hope you’ll consider joining us this year for a spectacular ride on the beautiful Caledonia Conservancy trails!
Riders must remain on the trails that are marked for equine use and use good sense when riding alongside land that is planted for crops. It is through the gracioius permission of private land owners that we are given the opportunity to ride on their land. Please leave these lands as you have found them!
Here’s what our horse enthusiasts are saying about the Caledonia Conservancy:
“A great community which works together to preserve nature. A getaway almost in your back yard that is respected and enjoyed by many. It gives me a purpose to enjoy the great outdoors on foot or horseback. A sense of teamwork with working with stewardship and seeing projects and trails come together. My home away from home."
"I have spent the last seven years riding the trails of the Caledonia Conservancy and after working six days a week, I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be. We are so very lucky to have this available to equestrians like myself and many others"
Riding helmets are strongly suggested on all Caledonia Conservancy trails. Some of our trails cross over into private property in which helmets are required. Click on the link for the full story on Why Helmets Matter.