Polk County Equestrian Center

Equestrian Center News

The Summer Heat

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! :) 

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Wagon Rides--Summer 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

If you are looking for a full day adventure, come out to Jest Park Equestrian Center! Walk through the barn, visit with our horses/ponies, play yard games, take a wagon ride and picnic at our covered or open tables! We are a public park so EVERYONE is welcome EVERYDAY from 9AM-5PM. 
Wagon Rides are a fun, relaxing way to get outdoors in the summer! 
Our beautiful wooded trails are the perfect afternoon getaway location. We have wagon ride openings for individuals, small and large groups online. Here, you can see all the availabilities, times and dates we already have set-up! 

If you are interested in setting up a complete Large Group Outing with a wagon ride, this summer has limited availability left, but you can always email us at JPEC_INFO@polkcountyiowa.gov for specifics! 

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Tic and Ajah are two of our draft horses that drive our largest wagon! 

Updates at JPEC

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. 

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Pony Rides

Thursday, May 17, 2018

BOOK ONLINE TODAY!

We are offering pony rides for children (ages 2-12) who are looking for a fun, safe, outdoor activity! Ponies are lead by our amazing team of wranglers and taken out on our timber covered pony trail at JPEC--weather permitting.*
Our next availability is June 2nd. To view  ALL availabilities and make reservations, see our calendar HERE!

OPTION #1 - “Ride Around the Barn” Pony Ride - $20/child

• 15-minute pony ride on pony trail. 

OPTION #2 - “Future Tiny Totter” Pony Ride - $30/child

• 15-minute pony ride on the pony trail & 15 minutes of lesson time. Kids get the opportunity to assist with grooming and saddling up their own pony!

For more information, click HERE

*We limit these pony rides to 2 riders per time slot. If you are looking for a bit bigger group, check out our Small Group Outings online!

Trail Ride Registration is OPEN

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Trail ride season is finally upon us!  

Are you looking for something to do with horses this summer?! 
Come out to Jester Park Equestrian Center for a guided trail ride! 
  • Our guided tail rides run Thursday-Sundays starting MAY 24th!
  • $40/person
  • Minimum age is 8 years old
  • Rides depart: 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm, and 5:00pm each day.
ALL registration is ONLINE through our website.

For more information click HERE.

Free Horse Manure Available for Gardeners!

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 elizabeth.beatty@polkcountyiowa.gov to schedule a day and time for pick up. Happy gardening! 

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Stars & Stripes Gala - Horse Helping Heroes Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Purchase Tickets Online HERE!
**Get your tickets by October 1st and get a 10% Early Bird Discount!**
Discount can be applied during check out, make sure to enter promo code 'HERO' at the bottom of your order!

On Friday, November 3, 2017, Jester Park Equestrian Center will be hosting the 2nd Annual Stars & Stripes Gala at the Jester Park Lodge in Granger, Iowa. The evening is designed to help raise life-changing funds for support of our Horses Helping Heroes Veterans Program.

The mission of Horses Helping Heroes is to build the Veteran's confidence through interactions with horses; by creating relationships and opportunities that allow for the development of skills that can be used in their everyday life. 

We have partnered directly with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to create a unique adaptive horsemanship program that will support our Veterans in need. Horses Helping Heroes officially launched on September 6, 2016 and the positive impact on the many Veterans we have served is evident. JPEC is ecstatic to continue to develop the program for many years to come.

Both our live and silent auctions’ success will be largely dependent upon your support and participation. We are asking you to consider donating to our auction. With the help of your donated auction items, we hope to reach a goal of raising over $5,000 for the continued development of Horses Helping Heroes. 

Your support will directly assist the veterans that Horses Helping Heroes serves by enabling Jester Park Equestrian Center to cover unsubsidized program fees, offering scholarships to individual Veterans, and to grow the reach of the program in 2018 and beyond. Equine interactions have been proven to provide needed therapeutic aspects for our Veterans in the areas of social, emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

Thank you for your time, consideration, and continued support of the JPEC Horses Helping Heroes Veterans Program!

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For more information about The Horses Helping Heroes Veterans Program, please click HERE

To keep up-to-date with Horses Helping Heroes and the Stars and Stripes Gala, please like and follow us on Facebook!

Purchase Tickets Online HERE!
**Get your tickets by October 1st and get a 10% Early Bird Discount!**
Discount can be applied during check out, make sure to enter promo code 'HERO' at the bottom of your order!

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We'd like to thank our generous sponsors of the 2nd Annual Stars & Stripes Gala. This event would not be possible without them! If you're interested in becoming an event sponsor, please fill out a SPONSORSHIP FORM and turn it into the listed address. Thank you!

If you are unable to be a sponsor for the event, or want to directly donated to the Horses Helping Heroes Program, you can do so HERE

THANK YOU to our COMMUNITY SPONSORS

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Contact Us

Jester Park Equestrian Center
11171 NW 103 Court
Granger, IA 50109

JPEC_info@polkcountyiowa.gov
P: (515) 999-2818
F: (515) 323-5354

Monday – Sunday  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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