Polk County Equestrian Center

Equestrian Center News


Friday, December 29, 2017

As a reminder, Sleigh Rides require a minimum of 4 inches of packed snow as a proper base for the sleigh runners to operate safely and effectively. Sleigh Ride will NOT BE BOOKED in advance of snowfall. If there are no availabilities listed, that means we are currently not booking Sleigh Rides due to inadequate snow measures or other conflicts. For more information about sleigh rides and how to book, please CLICK HERE!

Pony Express to Santa 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Santa's planning his visit to Jester Park Equestrian Center
December  16 & 17, 2017 - 11:00am-3:oopm daily

Come join Santa and the ponies of JPEC for a magical holiday tradition! Children between the ages of 2-12 will ride their pony through a winter wonderland before meeting Santa Clause in his sleigh. Kids will have the chance to sit with Saint Nick and ask for what they'd like for the holidays. (professional photos will be taken and available as a digital copy on facebook) Grab some hot-cocoa and holiday cookies while you have fun with the family making holiday crafts and games. Take the family on a sleigh or wagon ride to round out the afternoon and make some magical memories. 

$20/Child, all activities are includes
$5/Adult who plan to join on the sleigh/wagon ride
With the presentation of a U.S. Military ID, prices for children at $10 and adults are free! Limited to immediate family members only please. 

Bring 5-10 non-perishable items and recieve $5 OFF your tickets. 
All items donated will be directly given back to various local food pantry.
Maximum discount of $5/ticket. JPEC has the right to refuse donations.

Questions about Pony Express to Santa? Shoot us an email at
JPEC_info@polkcountyiowa.gov OR give us a call 515-999-2818

Sleigh Ride Season is Near!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Join us when the snow flies and we’ll hitch up one of our draft horse teams to take your group out for a 45-minute Sleigh Ride through Jester Park. Even if there’s no snow, plan for a wagon on wheels instead of a sleigh on runners. After all, it’s all about spending time with your loved ones, not the vehicle you’re riding in!

Find out more information about sleigh rides and how to make your reservation by clicking HERE!

Join Us for Fall Wagon Rides

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bring out a group (big or small) to enjoy the changes scenery at Jester Park. Book on Saturdays and recieve a 10% discount through the end of November! For more information and to reserve a ride, CLICK HERE

Stars & Stripes Gala - Horse Helping Heroes Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 17, 2017



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!


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!

Star Dividers

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


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Upcoming Construction at the Equestrian Center

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jester Park Equestrian Center (JPEC) would like to take a moment to update clientele on our proposed plans for 2017 operations and programming. In an effort to continue to better serve the public and participants of Polk County, Jester Park Equestrian Center will be taking the majority of the remainder of 2017 to focus on completing several capital improvement projects that are essential for future operations of the Equestrian Center.

These projects include plans for fencing of pasture land, renovations of the (dry) outlots behind the main facility, completion of slow feeder hay feeders, minor improvements to the stable area, improved manure/hay storage options, and the installation of catch pens.

Due to various factors with these planned improvements- such as: planned implementation timelines, construction bid processing, and logistical needs for the care of the current equine residents at JPEC, adjustments to programs offered at Jester Park for 2017 are needed. The following is a list of programs and information regarding their status during these capital improvements.


Birthday Parties and Pony Rides: Birthday parties and pony rides are not being scheduled at this time. We hope to resume birthday parties in 2018.

Trail Rides: JPEC will not be operating a trail ride season for 2017. We will resume normal trail operations in May of 2018 and hope to see everyone next season.

Boarding: JPEC will not be taking in new boarders from May- September of 2017. We will resume intake of new boarders tentatively in October 2017.

Riding Lessons: All riding Lessons will resume January 2018.

Summer Camps: Summer Camps will operate on a normal schedule for the summer of 2017. Our camps will run from June 5th to August 5th, weekly.

Public Programming and Events: No public programming and events will be held during our construction phases, from April 2017 to September 2017.

*All outside scheduled events and clinics will be held as scheduled.


All other programming will resume in 2018. Jester Park Equestrian Center will be back with a full calendar of programs and events in 2018. Daily operations of the facility will continue as normal. During certain phases of the improvements, the Equestrian Center will be closed to the public for safety and security reasons.

If you have a specific question regarding a program you currently participate in at JPEC, please contact-

Molly Mellinger, Program Coordinator at:
Molly.Mellinger@polkcountyiowa.gov or 515-999-2818, ext. 6

For more information on JPEC operations or the capital improvement projects, as well as for questions or concerns, please contact:

Lela Mullen, JPEC Facility Manager at:
lela.mullen@polkcountyiowa.gov or 515-999-2818, ext. 7


Doug Romig, PCC Deputy Director at
Doug.romig@polkcountyiowa.gov or 515-323-5355

Thank you for your time,

Lela Mullen
JPEC Manager

Contact Us

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

P: (515) 999-2818
F: (515) 323-5354
Monday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.