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Download complete 2015 Symposium Program with descriptions of educational sessions and more (pdf 6.0 mb)

Horse Caucus

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: No fee, pre-registration requested

All equestrians and other trail users are invited to attend this two-hour opportunity to meet together with each other, land managers, planners, engineers, equestrian organizations, and anyone interested in “solutions for success” for equestrian-use trails.

See the flyer for the award-winning documentary "Riding My Way Back." The Horse Caucus will include a showing of the trailer for this documentary film.

Bring your success stories, your concerns, your needs, and your energy into helping find solutions to anything relating to recreational horseback riding in our nation.  We often find “learning from others” and successful case studies from other states, communities, organizations, agencies, and programs across America can be applied to our own needs for solutions.

A unique feature of the “Horse Caucus” this year will be a showing of the trailer for the 30-minute film documentary “Riding My Way Back” that chronicles the story of Army Staff Sergeant Aaron Heliker’s return from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). At his most desperate and isolated, on 42 medications and suicidal, Aaron is introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors, a horse named Fred. Through caring for Fred and building mutual trust, Aaron begins the difficult process of reconnecting to the world around him and healing the invisible wounds of war that nearly defeated him.

This free session is being provided by the many generous sponsors of the International Trails Symposium.  Please note who these sponsors are, as listed on the Symposium website and other locations, and visit their exhibits to let them know how much you appreciate their support.  Also please thank Brandi Ebner at Oregon Horse Country for all of her communication efforts to keep thousands of people well-informed about the International Trails Symposium and this year’s Portland, Oregon-based International Trails Symposium’s “Horse Caucus.” 

Everyone is welcome to attend the “Horse Caucus.”   Please let us know if you are attending so that we can plan for room space and refreshments. Send an email to symposium@americantrails.org with your name and organization along with any other people you are bringing. Thank you!

Symposium Sponsors





American Trails

P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 605-4395

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