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Cross Country

The Park has two cross country courses – the East Course (aka “the derby field”) closer to stabling and the West Course which is a short (20 min) walk away on conservation land. The East Course is 15 acres of lightly wooded, varied terrain including water, bank and ditch obstacles and portable cross country jumps from Starter through Training-Prelim level. We continue to add more open space and alternative routes. Throughout the season, the East Course is available for camps/clinics and schooling activities – advance reservations required. Download our form below.

The West Course, on an adjacent 110 acre parcel of lightly wooded conservation land, includes an international-caliber water complex comprised of 2 ponds, a sunken road, mound and coffin, and many other obstacles for Preliminary level. In 2017 we added a new Intermediate level that is to be used for competitions only – no schooling over the Intermediate obstacles at any time . Training level is now located on the East Course. The Park has perpetual rights to use this property for horse trials and other organized activities for limited time periods, but it generally is not available for schooling.

Schooling Arrangements

  • Send email request to director@wahorsepark.org well in advance. Provide desired schooling date and time, number of riders, trainer’s name and organizer’s contact information.
  • All riders must be accompanied by a trainer who has current professional liability insurance of at least $1 million. The trainer’s insurance agent/broker needs to provide a Certificate of Insurance stating three (3) additional insureds: Washington State Horse Park as facility operator; and the City of Cle Elum and Suncadia as property owners/landlords.(Note: Ask for the Certificate to be issued for the entire policy period so the trainer doesn’t need to provide one for each visit to the Park. The cost of these certificates varies by insurance company and sometimes is included in the policy premium.) The Certificate is to be scanned and emailed to operations@wahorsepark.org and must be received and accepted no less than 48 hours prior to schooling.
  • Please call 877-635-4111 the day before to confirm arrival time.
  • When arriving at the Park, all riders must complete the Park’s Registration form, sign the Liability Release and submit both with payment before mounting – there are no exceptions to this requirement, including those schooling the West course (Prelim). Note: Riders under 18 years of age must have their Liability Release signed by a parent – bring this with you if the parent won’t be onsite. Trainers and others may not sign the Release on another’s behalf. Forms can be downloaded ahead of time from wahorsepark.org, “day use”.
  • All riders must wear safety vests, helmets and footwear with a heel.
  • Riders are to stay on cleared ground and groomed footing for safety and to preserve the terrain.

2 hour Schooling Session Fees (per rider/horse):

Park Member: $40 Non-Member: $50 Youth (under 18): $30
Note: fee also covers use of arena and trails – no other day use fee is required

As a convenience, if empty stalls are available, you may arrange with the on-site Park Manager to use an unbedded stall for up to 4 hours for an additional $10. If your horse paws or tends to tear up the gravel, you may not use a stall. Please clean all manure and hay from the stall and put it on the manure pile before leaving.

2019 Cross Country Info & Rules

WSHP Inaugural Cross-Country Run, September 16, 2013

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