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April 7, 2010 > Riding in Ed Levin County Park

Riding in Ed Levin County Park

By Dustin Findley

Bay Area Equestrian Connection brings horses into Ed Levin Park every weekend and on holidays when people can ride the trails or train in a menage. Shawn Mott, one of the instructors, explained that Bay Area Equestrian Connection was established for recreational riding, lessons and trail rides. Mott has brought the joy of riding to many in Alameda County for the past 35 years and is now doing the same in the Milpitas area where there is a need for this type of activity.

“There’s a great need for the public to engage in outdoor pursuits,” Mott said. “It’s a superb way to enjoy the country and fresh air without having to expend too much energy.”

Volunteers lead the trail rides. People who might be nervous about embarking on a trail ride can take comfort from the calm demeanor of the horses selected to carry them. “Our horses are so well-schooled, we’re ideal for the general public” said Dan Byrum, another trainer. “We welcome all kinds of people who have never been on horseback but would love to try it.” There are trusty steeds for beginners and those with a little experience and more spirited mounts for experienced and advanced riders. Pony rides are available for children aged 7 years and under. Small infants may pose on a horse for pictures.

Advance reservations, though not essential, are recommended. Without an advance reservation, larger groups of four or more might have to wait before beginning their ride. Riders should confirm their booking the day before arrival.

Bay Area Equestrian Connection provides “special event” activities, basic horsemanship classes, individual and group lessons (Western and English style), trail lessons, trail rides and summer camps.

Ed Levin Park Trail Rides and Lessons
Weekends and holidays
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ed Levin Park
3100 Calaveras Road, Milpitas
(925) 484-0209

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