Ride Utah!

What is Ride Utah!

Ride Utah! is an equine extension program that has been developed by Utah State University to provide a trail ride experience for military personnel and an invited guest. Trail rides are held throughout the summer and fall ranging from Cache Valley to St. George to San Juan County. Equine trail rides have been shown to be relaxing, provide enjoyment, as well as improve relationships with friends and family. Ride Utah! consists of a 2–hour trail ride, lunch, and a professionally moderated group discussion focusing on military family issues. The program is hosted locally by county extension and collaborates with community members and military support groups. Results have shown that Ride Utah! is harnessing Utah’s natural beauty and resources into a successful program that is improving participants emotional wellbeing and strengthening communities.

How do I participate?

Ride Utah! is available to all military personnel, active or retired. We will soon be setting our summer schedule and will get the dates and places of all rides listed as soon as possible. As these dates become available chose which ride you and your guest would like to attend and sign up via the websites listed. As you sign up additional information will become available. Horses are selected for beginning riders, so don’t worry about your riding level, we will take care of you. 

How can I help?

This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to participate and help. We are anxious for help in any way. Below are a few suggestion of ways that we need help. If you have any other ideas please contact me. 

  • County offices are needed to lead out in organizing and sponsoring rides.
  • Monetary donations
  • Truck, trailer, or gas donations
  • Licensed counselors with military experience
  • Knowledge of advertising
  • Horse donations (experienced horses only)
  • Meal donations
  • Volunteer time helping with meal and ride preparation, or other aspects of the ride unique to your situation and training.
  • Offer to sponsor a ride with knowledge, lodging, or expertise.

View Ride Utah! Highlights

Ride Utah! 2019


Contact an Equine Specialist:

Karl Hoopes

Karl Hoopes

Equine Specialist


Phone: 435-535-5140