Friday, September 27, 2013

US Air Force Academy Equestrian Center

Harness?  What harness?

Today's grey and drizzley weather should have driven me into the studio for a marathon tackmaking session.  Instead, I found myself making an impromptu day trip to Colorado Springs with my friend, Carol.  

We planned to spend our time hiking the Manitou Incline and visiting the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.  Instead, we ended up at the Air Force Academy and Old Colorado City.  

Don't ask.  Just go with it.

Anyway.  This is the entrance to the US Air Force Academy.  
Located on thirteen thousand acres of forest land with elevations reaching more than eight thousand feet, this is a ruggedly beautiful area filled with wildlife.  I was hoping to see a bear or a mountain lion, but had to settle for a single deer.  Oh well!
We were good little tourists and went to the Chapel... 
and the Cadet Area. 
However, our itinerary--such as it was--also included one of the USAFA's less famous attractions...
the Equestrian Center! 
We drove to the rental office to get information about the rides.
The prices are surprisingly reasonable, and you get to go out without a guide.  We didn't have time to ride today, but it's going to happen.  Trust me on that.
We spent some time walking around the rest of the Equestrian Center.  This trio of beggars live right next to the rental office. 
Double cute! 
These barns are filled with horses belonging to active duty military families, retirees, DOD Civilians, and cadets. 
Center aisle. 
The sign says please don't.  TJ's face says please do. 
Because this is a military base, every building regardless of size is numbered.  This is the judge's stand next to the riding ring. 
According to the sign...
this pretty barn is used for quarantine.
These are the current residents. 
I really, really enjoyed my unplanned visit to the US Air Force Academy.
I can't wait to do it again, and next time I wearing my riding boots!


  1. That is really neat. I wonder how many other military bases have stables for service members' horses. I imagine not too many people in the military own horses because they move around so much.

  2. Jennifer you keep on making me rethink the choice of moving to Kentucky (it was down to Kentucky or Colorado). It's just so beautiful around you :)

  3. It's funny you say that, Anne, because I was telling Carol yesterday that some posts are as much about Colorado as they are about horses. I love living here. There isn't a single place on earth that I'd rather call home.

    I do like Kentucky, but Kentucky does not like me. All that bluegrass is good for horses but terrible for my allergies. If I was thinking of moving (and I'm not), Kentucky would be ruled out just on the basis of that.

  4. I had no idea there were horses at the academy!

  5. Anne Field, move down to CO!! It is the best place ever (well, it can get pretty cold in the winter time). But mostly, I just covet your dolls and if you move here then I won't have to pay as much money to ship it!! ; D

    Great post, Mrs. Jennifer!!

  6. The base in Leavenworth, Kansas has barns, too! When I lived there (and security was much looser!) my mom would drive me by so that I could gawk at the horses hanging out or the ridiculously lucky kids riding around in the ring.

  7. lol, Alyssa, I live in New England. We have days that hang out at 20 below (not often thankfully) I am no stranger to cold. :)

  8. Many military installations have stables. I've been riding at Fort Sam Houston before.