Equestrian center to host events

Courtesy of Parkwood Equestrian Center
This Belgian draft horse, Large Marge with her pony, Eragon, are examples of horses that will take the ring Saturday during Parkwood Equestrian Center's Breed Demonstration Day.

What kind of horse is that? What makes him good for jumping or packing in the mountains? Why is trotting bumpier than canter? Students of the ongoing Parkwood Riding School will get a first-hand demonstration of different horse breeds and equine anatomy during two upcoming special classes this month, according to a news release.

The school is located at 1800 E. 49th South in Idaho Falls.

A breed demonstration will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday where students will experience such breeds as warmblood, quarter horse, pony, mule, thoroughbred and crosses as they take the ring in a special equine demonstration. Participants will learn what makes each breed suited for the jobs they’ve done for centuries. Students will interact, ride and see the animals’ different gaits and special skills.

Parkwood founder and owner Sally Parks will talk about the disciplines suited for each type of horse. From the steadfast, working quarter horse to the imported jumper, this is a great way to learn about a variety of performance breeds, Parks said.

On Nov. 11, an anatomy and equine health day will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Equine veterinarian Mark Bramwell, DVM, from the South Fork Animal Clinic in Rigby, will join Parkwood Riding School with an informative session on equine anatomy and health. Hands-on learning, will offer an opportunity to learn about what keeps a horse used for any discipline healthy and sound. South Fork Animal Clinic has provided full service large and small animal care for more than 30 years.

The riding school’s sessions take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on most Saturdays in Parkwood’s spacious, heated arena. Each session is $40 per student and includes first-hand instruction on riding, guest speakers, grooming, tack, weekly special topics,

Q&A and more. Students progress at a comfortable, safe pace and new students are invited to join at any time.

Parkwood has student photo releases on file.

For more information, call 208-520-1850 or email Parks at parkwoodif@gmail.com or contact marketing director Marcia Richardson at 208-520-6287 or parkwoodif@gmail.com,