Last Edits January 10, 2024

Important Announcement!

Regarding Bear Creek Lake Park

in Lakewood:

The Core of Engineers are proposing to flood a HUGE part of BCLP to use for water storage…as I understand it for Brighton’s city water. We would lose most riding trails and the huge old trees along the creek. BCLP would then end up in a similar condition as what happened to Chatfield…that was a mucky, muddy, flooded mess that reduced the usable area of that park considerably for hikers, bikers and equestrians.
Check out this website: 

Also please attend: SaveBCLP Action Summit next Tuesday evening Jan. 30 at the Lakewood Cultural Center. 470 S. Allison Pkwy. There will be two sessions (same info at each). Presentations at 5:30 and 7:00. Let’s make our voices heard on behalf of our love of those riding trails and the wildlife that live at BCLP!
As important as water resources are, this Park is a wonderful place to ride and it would be a shame to ruin such a popular spot for all outdoor enthusiasts.  Thank you Kim Elm Berg for making us aware of this situation regarding Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood:


If you find any problems on the trails, or think any specific repair work needs to be done, 
please contact Douglas County Open Space:



Parks, Trails and Open Space Public Safety, Rules, and Regulations. Click Here


"It's more than just horses, it's a lifestyle that we want our children to experience."
- Scott Aschermann | Spokesman

The Arvada City Council and Jefferson County Commissioners have given the green light for developers to wipe out the last of our open spaces and equestrian acreage properties. In response, a coalition has been officially established to challenge upcoming developments and fight for the survival of equestrian communities.

Together, with a leadership team of experienced professionals, we are creating a community master equestrian plan to approach the city and county to halt further subdivision developments, improve traffic safety and trail access for equestrians, and modify land use and zoning laws to preserve acreage properties for horse ownership and boarding facilities.


Be sure to join your council before our membership update on MARCH 31, 2024!   If you have not updated by then, your name will be removed from the list and you will no longer receive the newsletter or special events information!

Call or email if you have questions!

THANK YOU for supporting your local horse council! 


                 News and Events

President's Message from Sharon Jayne

Happy Holidays to All!

I hope this season finds you and your equines happy

and healthy as we end 2023.

We are excited to announce the DECHC board for 2024:

President: Sharon Jayne
Vice President: Sue Kalamen
Secretary: Sherry Helmeke
Treasurer: Monica Wheeler
Board Members: Cindy Adams
Sandy Clayton
Chris Exley
Kris Garrett
Laura Karlis
Jennifer Little
Carroll Rice

Please help me welcome them in for the 2024 year!

We have several clinics that we are trying to put together for the early part of next year, so
stay tuned for clinic dates. Also, we will be having our annual Emergency Preparedness
Clinic in April and it will be at the Elbert County Fairgrounds. We would love to see more of
our members get involved with the many DECHC activities we have throughout the year.
We will have a wide range of clinics to choose from so stay tuned!!

Please renew your membership and share with a couple of your friends. It is important to
support the mission of DECHC.

If anyone has any suggestions, complaints or ideas, please feel free to give me a call or email
me. My number is 303-570-4559 and my email address is

Here is a list of local trails in Douglas County

Click Here