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Lora has been committed to developing safe trails for all trail users since 1989. Her experience spans various natural resource positions, such as conservation, maintenance, and a twenty-five-year tenure as a law enforcement ranger. She stands out as one of the rare equestrian trail specialists with profound insight into recreational equestrian trail rider requirements, backed by hands-on expertise in:

  • best practice horse keeping

  • community involvement

  • law enforcement issues and strategies

  • equestrian needs & challenges on trails

  • equine behavior

  • mounted patrol operations

  • multiuse trail issues and conflict resolution

  • natural resource management

  • programming

  • trail riding

  • trail standards, planning and maintenance in natural areas

  • trail use patterns

  • volunteerism - oversight, standards, scope


In addition to thirty-five years in the field, she earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies/resource management and an associate degree in equestrian studies. Work, education and personal experience have woven together seamlessly to create a uniquely qualified, neutral horse trail expert and consultant.


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Upon realizing the complex disconnects that exist between equestrians, park personnel and other user groups, Lora began writing and educating with the goal of creating safer trails and a better understanding of recreational equestrian trail riders and their simple, yet unique needs. She has presented at the following park conferences:

Great Lakes Park Training Institue 

February 2025

The Park Ranger Institute - Board Member since 2015

North Carolina

January 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2022

(2021 cancelled due to Covid),

April 2022,

March 2023, 2024

Upcoming March 2025

COSA (Colorado Open Space Alliance) Vail, Colorado 2020

(Cancelled due to Covid)

American Trails International Symposium

Portland, Oregon 2015
Syracuse, New York 2019

Ohio Parks and Recreation Conference

Columbus, Ohio 2012


National Parks and Recreation

Atlanta, Georgia 2011



Contributing Writer

American Trails
Horse Trails of America

Articles Featured in:

AERC - 2021 Endurance News 

Connecticut Horse Council - 2021 Spring/Summer Newsletter

Endurance.Net - 2019 E-newsletter

Wisconsin Horse Council - 2015 Newsletter

Toledo Area Bike Club - Newsletter 2011

LA County Trails - County website

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Lora has been a trail rider and horse owner since 1986 and has ridden, started and re-schooled many different breeds in multiple disciplines. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, writing, trail riding, cycling, kayaking, hiking, camping with and without horses, cross-country skiing and creating customized horsehair keepsakes. Her lofty goals include cycling every rail-trail in the United States and completing a thru hike or horseback ride.  Current trail mounts are a Tennessee Walker gelding and a Morgan cross, sport-horse gelding.

Photo by Art Weber
2001 Ranger Led Trail ride - Oak Openings Preserve

Collaboration - Experience - Specialized Training 

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