Equestrian Center News
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Monday, November 4, 2019
Thank you everyone who visited the Jester Park Equestrian Center with friends and family to join out 2019 guided trail ride season! It was a bit of a rollercoaster to start, with flooding twice in the spring and summer, that delayed our start until August. But we had a tremendous fall season and we welcomed over 700 riders over the past three months! Thank you everyone for making this season a huge success and so much fun! We cannot wait for spring 2020 to arrive and start up again!
Just because trail rides are done for the year, don’t be a stranger to the barn! Join us through the late fall and winter and take a holiday sleigh ride or visit the ISU Winterfest or Christmas at Uptown Ankeny for a holiday wagon ride. The annual Pony Express to Santa is scheduled for December 13-15, 2019 and it will be better than ever! See you soon!
Monday, September 9, 2019
The Jester Park Equestrian Center is gearing up for a few busy weekends at the center. Coming up on Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd we will have golden retrievers taking over the equestrian center for the Des Moines Golden Retriever Fall Agility trials. Then in October from the 18th through the 20th the Des Moines Obedience Club will be hosting their fall trials.
During these events, our parking will likely be at capacity and extremely limited.
We kindly ask that if you are a local visitor, to please limit your visits on these dates unless you are visiting with the express purpose to enjoy the event.
If you are a trail rider with their own horses and trailer looking to haul in and ride the Jester Park trails, PLEASE DO NOT PLAN TO UNLOAD AT THE EQUESTRIAN CENTER.
HORSE TRAILERS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARK AT THE EQUESTRIAN CENTER ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:
- September 20th
- September 21st
- September 22nd
- October 18th
- October 19th
- October 20th
IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO RIDE ON THE TRAILS, PLEASE PLAN TO PARK AT LINCOLN BOAT RAMP PARKING TO ACCESS THE TRAIL SYSTEM.
Below is a map of where this parking lot is located and the access point to the trails. If you need directions, here is a link to the 'pin drop' on google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/Adi95eyX7sbNJGML7
Thank you for understanding, and give us a call at 515-999-2818 or email at JPEC_info@polkcountyiowa.gov if you have questions or concerns.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Summer will be here soon and what better way to spend those warm days than being at summer camp?!
We have officially announced the dates, times, and ages under "Horse Adventures in Nature Camp" and "Jr. Horse Adventures in Nature Camp"!
If you have ANY questions, please email us at JPEC_info@polkcoutnyiowa.gov. This is the best form of communication as our phones don't always work the best all the way out here in the barn! *Especially with all this snow*
We are SO excited about camps and we hope you are too!
REGISTRATION will open March 5th at 3:00 PM. Want to be emailed a reminder?
Fill out this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/WvJZGrHJwyZt9uHf2
Monday, November 19, 2018
We would like to thank everybody who came out last night and celebrated with us at the 3rd Annual Stars & Stripes Gala, as well as everybody who donated, and the event sponsors! The 2018 Stars & Stripes Gala was more succesful than ever and we are proud and blown away by the generousity of our community in assisting us in raising a grand total of $16,892! We cannot say thank you enough!
We have been able to serve 191 Veteran service members since the start in September 2016, and we are so thankful for all of the continued support as we continue to grow and expand our reach! The success of the Horses Helping Heroes program would not be possible without the support of this great community!
Before we know it, the 2019 4th Annual Stars & Stripes Gala will be upon us and you can bet we're excited about it! We always need donations (silent auction baskets, unique live auction pieces, services, etc.), event sponsors, and event volunteers as we prepare for next year. If you're interested in getting involved, please let us know by contacting us at JPEC_info@polkcountyiowa.gov!
We thank you! - Horses Helping Heroes
Thursday, September 13, 2018
The equestrian center will be invaded by Golden Retreivers the weekend of September 21-23 as the DSM Golden Retreiver Club host their annual Agility Trials at the facility. The event is open to spectators and run approx. from 9am-4pm daily!
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Special Olympics is back at JPEC for their annual state equestrian competition. This event is always a favorite of the barn and we welcome all to visit and cheer on the athletes. For more information about the competition and volunteer information please visit their website: http://www.soiowa.org/competitions/statewide-competitions/equestrian/
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
With the arrival of spring (finally!) we are very aware that gardening season has begun! You may come out any time from 8 AM to 5 PM to pick up horse manure for your garden (please note: this is fresh manure, less than 2 weeks old - we do not have composed manure on site). If you are picking up a large amount and need a skid steer to load your vehicle/trailer, please email Barn Supervisor, Liz Beatty at email@example.com to schedule a day and time for pick up. Happy gardening!