User menu


ROCK HILL, SC - The first ever National Equestrian Trails Conference will be held on July 18-20, 2013 at the Baxter M. Hood Center in Rock Hill, S.C. Equestrian experts from all over the country will be in attendance to help educate trail riders on a variety of policies and practices.

The three-day conference themed, “Helping the American Trail Rider Understand Conservation Policy” will feature presentations on the future of wilderness, various policies that affect trails, trail horses and trail riders; the qualities of good horse trails, protected species and how they affect land use, the use of private lands, preserving open space, and creating trails through partnerships - to name a few. Young conference attendees will take part in the Youth Trails Quiz Bowl, which is a friendly competition testing their knowledge of trail building. A panel discussion on the future of horse trail will wrap up the conference.

“While there have been numerous Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conferences, we are thrilled with the honor of hosting the first National Equestrian Trails Conference and to have attendees experience some of the unique equestrian assets in York County,” says Rebekah Ardis, meetings and conventions sales manager for the Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “With our area’s rich equine culture, this conference focuses on the important aspect of preserving the land for future generations.”

In addition to the conference seminars, attendees will visit various local attractions that feature equestrian amenities such as Kings Mountain National Military Park, Kings Mountain State Park and Anne Springs Close Greenway. The visit to Kings Mountain State and National Military Parks will illustrate how the cultural history setting has been preserved, while the visit to Anne Springs Close Greenway will be to observe the Youth Program participants working on trail exercises.

Conference registration is now available. The registration fee is $225, with early registration discounts offered. Sign up online by June 14 and pay only $175. A single day registration is also available for $80.

Formerly known as the Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference created in 1998, the National Equestrian Trails Conference was the brainchild of Dr. Gene Wood, Professor Emeritus at Clemson University.

The South Carolina Horsemen’s Council is proud to sponsor the event with the assistance of the staff at the Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

For more information on topics, speakers and registration fees contact Deirdre Perot Lightsey at 828-288-3911 or Rebekah Ardis at 803-329-5200. You may also log on to