Welcome to Flathead Valley’s only Equestrian Schooling Park
Herron Park Equestrians, formerly Flathead Combined Training Association (FCTA), is a group of horse enthusiasts that enjoy a variety of disciplines from eventing, dressage, and show jumping, to working equitation and trail riding. We host several horse shows each year at Herron Park to help fund the upkeep of our dressage arenas and jumps. These shows bring horse people together to enjoy the beauty of Herron Park while creating learning and show experiences for both horses and riders.
Since 1979, FCTA (now HPE) has been a leader in developing and supporting Herron Park by building the barns, cross-country and stadium jumps, and putting in the well.
About Herron Park
Herron Park, located in Kalispell, Montana, provides a beautiful place for cross country skiers, dog walkers, mountain bikers, nature lovers and equestrians of every discipline. But keeping the park alive and functioning depends on all of us who care about its longevity.
Each year we provide the portable toilets for public use, help with weeding, clipping and gopher control and give a portion of the profits from events to the Park Department and to Foys to Blacktail Trails for Herron Park. We are glad these things benefit the public at large.
HPE is always trying to raise the necessary dollars to keep the park maintained and in a safe operating condition for generations to come. As a volunteer organization, we rely on sponsorships, donations, memberships and volunteers.
The Mini Event is a fun filled day of eventing for all levels of rider. We look forward to offering the community a venue were riders can demonstrate their achievements in a comfortable setting with focus on improving skills as much as earning rewards.
The Event Derby provides a cross-training opportunity for both horse and rider, regardless of their equestrian discipline, and provides a safe venue for new competitors, green horses, as well as a schooling opportunity for the experienced competitor.
Dressage is not only a highly skilled form of riding, but a sport of beauty and partnership. Considered the highest expression of horse training, the purpose of dressage is to develop the horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to work.
The discipline of Working Equitation (WE) was developed in Europe and is based on their cattle working traditions. At its heart, it is a celebration of the partnership between a horse and a rider that must exist to work successfully in the field.