VIDEO: Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center offers fun for riders of all ages
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Clip clopping on horseback through a grove of aspens, curling past the sun-kissed trees reaching for the sky, it’s easy to appreciate the unique tranquility — not to mention, fun — found in horseback riding at Truckee-Tahoe.
This is plain to see at the Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center, located at the Alder Creek Adventure Center, where groups of riders meander the trails of the Sierra forests like clockwork Wednesday-Sunday each week.
And this summer, equestrian enthusiasts have even more reasons to be amped about saddling up at Tahoe Donner.
“We’ve made a lot of new improvements to our equestrian campus — mainly, in our boarder area,” said Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center Manager Krystal-Rae Mecham, who explained the entire area is now more private, which is a bonus to boarders. “The paddock area is now in the shade and the boarders have their own tack sheds. Boarders also enjoy a proper horse trailer turnaround for easy unloading and loading of horses.”
Additionally, Mecham said, a new pony trail has been carved out — a single loop trail in the shade that wraps around in approximately 10 minutes time.
The new trail is longer than its predecessor, and less dusty, creating a more pleasant environment for young riders and staff. Tahoe Donner Equestrian offers pony rides to little ones as young as 2 years old.
Mecham also said a big new addition was the installation of seven water and power pedestals dotted around the equestrian center.
“So now we have water and power almost about every 30 yards around the campus,” she said.
This, Mecham added, makes it easier for boarders and staff to keep horses hydrated.
With a host of upgrades in place at Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center, Mecham said she’s happy to see the center continuing to expand and better the experience for riders young and old, new and experienced.
“It’s been a lot of work,” she said. “It’s been really neat to see it all come together after all these years. All the planning, all the hard work that’s gone into it, to see it all come together has been awesome.”
Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center offers trail rides and pony rides by reservation every Wednesday through Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., with the last ride leaving at 3 p.m., in addition to offering private lessons and private family dinner rides in scenic Euer Valley.
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