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The workshop scheduled for Nov. 9th is SOLD OUT; I hope to schedule another one for January. Please contact me for more information or to be put on a waitlist.

The cost of the full-day workshop is $120 (with a separate facilities fee payable to Fairhills Farms of $20 for FHF members, $30 for non-members, paid at the event).  


This includes light morning refreshments and beverages throughout the day; attendees should bring their own lunch.  There will also be information handouts with a gear list and trail suggestions, as well as a workshop souvenir gift. 


Space is limited and available on a first-come basis; a deposit of $60 (refundable up to 10 days before the workshop) holds your place, with the balance due on the day of the workshop.

Reserve ($60 deposit)
Nov. 9, 2019 8:30-5:00
2735 Santa Maria Rd.
Topanga, CA 90290
Pay in Full ($120)
Nov. 9, 2019 8:30-5:00
2735 Santa Maria Rd.
Topanga, CA 90290

Wilderness Riding


Join me for a full day workshop designed to give you the information you need to start exploring overnight wilderness riding with your equine partner.  I will be sharing knowledge gained from my own adventures and providing tips and guidance about the unique challenges of riding in the backcountry.  The goal is to help participants build the necessary foundation for their own short or long distance journeys.  Topics will include gear selection for both rider and horse, route planning and navigation, stock containment for overnights, nutrition, safety in the backcountry, and some hands-on demonstrations on how to use equipment.  The workshop is inclusive of those who wish to ride with or without an additional pack horse.

Wilderness Riding Workshop with Gillian Larson

(Tentative Schedule)

Part I: Information

8:30  Arrival and informal meet-and-greet

               (coffee, tea, juice, pastries, fruit)

       --Information packet with gear list/supply list


9-10:00  Introduction: Gillian’s wilderness riding experiences on national scenic trails

        --Pacific Crest Trail (2014 & 2016)

       --Arizona Trail (2017)

       --Colorado Trail (2017)

       --Continental Divide Trail (2018)

10-12:30  How to prepare for a wilderness riding expedition

       --Picking a suitable trail

                 (research, route planning, permits)

       --What to bring

                  --For you (gear selection and suggestions)

                   --For your horse

                 (single riding horse vs. riding + pack animal)

                        --tack, saddles and pads                                                   --saddlebags vs. pack saddle and panniers

                        --first aid, shoes, boots

                        --feed and containers

(15 min. break)

       --Campsite selection

       --Stock containment options

                 (high-line, hobbles, picket, electric fence)

       --Communication and navigation on trail

       --Special considerations

                   --bear country requirements

                   --out-of-state travel

12:30-1:30 Lunch break  

            (beverages provided; bring packed lunch)

       --View model campsite


Part II: Demonstration and Practice

1:30-2:30 Packing demonstration

                (equipment adjustment and load distribution)

       --single horse with saddlebags

       --pack horse with pack saddle and panniers

2:30-3:15 Containment demonstration

       --how to highline your horse

       --how to set up electric fence

3:15-4:00 Hands-on practice

 (rotate between highline station and electric fence station)


4:00-5:00 Wrap-up and Q&A

       --Suggested trail list

Balance Due--after deposit ($60)
(for previously registered attendees only)
Nov. 9, 2019 8:30-5:00
2735 Santa Maria Rd.
Topanga, CA 90290