Equestrian Center News
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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?
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
It's beginning to look a lot like... Wait... isn't spring supposed to be on it's way? Why does it look like Christmas again!? Well, with the snow comes a ton of sleigh ride requests! We WISH we could be running our sleighs all day every day the moment the snow hits the ground, but unfortunately it take a bit more planning than that. We're trying to see if our staff who have training to drive the sleighs can rearrange their schedules to be able to offer some ride availabilities the next few weekends! As soon as we have rides lined up we will post them online that can be booked immediately - so please sit tight! Thanks for understanding!
Thursday, January 31, 2019
We'll be completed a much needed maintenance project in the main horse barn at JPEC by re-leveling and matting our barn aisles on February 16 -17, 2019. During this time, we will ask that the public please stay out of the sectioned off work zones! Thank you for understanding!
If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at JPEC_info@polkcountyiowa.gov. Thank you!
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
We will be out of the office for a long Thanksgiving weekend from Thursday-Sunday. We are enjoying our family time and hope you are too.
We will be returning emails and phone calls by Tuesday afternoon! If you are inquiring about any of our services, our website IS up-to-date with all availabilities.
If you would like to sign up for a wagon ride we only have a couple spots left on Saturday and must be booked at least 24 hours in advance online. Don't forget to check your email after booking for your confirmation information!
We will be posting our winter schedules for wagon/sleigh/pony express soon after the Thanksgiving holiday. Keep an eye out for updated availabilities and ticketing announcements on our website!
If you are interested in sleigh rides, just remember that we need snow (6" at least) for the sleigh to run on! Iowa weather is always a tricky one to work with. ;)
Thank you so much,
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
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
11/01/2018 Update: Phones are back up and working as normal. To reach us, please utilize the number, 1-(515)-999-2818 or shoot us an email at JPEC_info@polkcountyiowa.gov. Thank you!
PSA: Our phone lines at the Jester Park Equestrian Center are currently being worked on. Temporarily, please utilize the phone number, 1-(515)-999-2778 for all calls to the equestrian center or please email us at JPEC_info@polkcountyiowa.gov. We appologize for any inconvience thank you for your understanding!
Monday, October 1, 2018
Tickets for the 3rd Annual Stars & Stripes Gala are available to purchase now! You can do so by click this image below.
Can't attended the event? Consider donating to the auction or sponsoring the event! Inquire about opportunities by email Molly Mellinger at Molly.Mellinger@polkcountyiowa.gov.
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/
Saturday, August 4, 2018
The Jester Park Equestrian Center 2018 Trail Season concluded on August 4, 2018! Thank you for everyone that joined up this year and we hope to see a lot of familiar and new faces for 2019 season! Check back on our website and facebook page for the most up-to-date information about our 2019 trail season start date, which tentatively planned for late May/early June!
If you're looking for a great, fall activity that gets you outside with friends and family, we highly suggest looking into our Wagon Ride Outings! They are great for any sized group and all ages/abilities. Check out more information HERE!
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Due to flood control measures, Saylorville Lake occasionally has water levels over 857.4 ft (above sea level). Once above 857.4 ft, operations and programs at JPEC require additional planning, as well as portions of the public trails are closed.
Current proposed changes from June 20th-June 30th, 2018, due to rising lake levels are as follows:
- JPEC Trail Operations-
- Trail rides operated by JPEC will continue normally thru Saturday, 6/23/18. Sunday, June 24th rides are closed at this time.
- A decision regarding rides for the following two weekends will be made by our Facility Manager on 6/26/18. Currently booked trail rides will be notified 24-48 hours in advance of booking, as to changes to trail rides.
- Wagon Rides will be cancelled from 6/23/18-TBD, due to lack of an appropriate trail system for safe wagon travel.
- Pony Rides will continue as normally scheduled for the next several weeks.
- Public Trail System:
- The LOWER JESTER PARK trail system, accessible from JPEC (Lakeshore, and Pine Loop trails) will be closed, due to flooding, starting on: 6/23/18.
- The Hayfield road will be impassable to the west of the lake, as of 6/20/18, and the southern road/trail will be flooded on: 6/25/18.
- Please respect signage, gates, and blockades for trail closures- this is to insure the safety of all trail users.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
With the Summer Solstice coming up fast it's a good idea to go over your supplies and first aid trainings.
Heat Exhaustion effects not only humans, but animals as well! At JPEC we are always keeping an eye on the temperature and horses. The number one priority with high temps is water availability. Remember, if you are feeling thirsty--you're probably already dehydrated, so drink up before you head outside!
Horses that sweat for prolonged periods are more at risk of heat stress. This is due to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Heat stress can worsen quickly when exercising because of the internal heat generated by the working muscles. It's the same in people; if you are out hiking, riding, boating, or swimming take a lot of water breaks and keep a snack on hand that is high in nutrients/vitamins/electrolytes. Watermelon, bananas, and avocados are all great foods for this!
Also, don't forget your sunscreen. Our horses with pink noses get Zinc applied when the sun is out. Just like those Lifegaurds in the 80's! :)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
We are so excited to be starting our trail rides tomorrow!
When you come out to Jester Park Equestrian Center you will will see a lot of new projects. During the past year we have completely redone our indoor arena, put high lines at the trail head, put new footing in dry lots, replaced many gates and fencing, fixed up the pastures for our horses, input a beautiful chute system and so much more!
Not only do we have physical changes at JPEC, but our programs and services have also changed. Group Outing Packages for large and small groups are now available--take a look at our website! For scheduling purposes, we as you to contact us via email at least three weeks in advance; we fill up extremely quickly!
We can't wait to show off all of our hard work, teach the public about horses and the environment around us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a day and time for pick up. Happy gardening!