07/01/2010 01:00 ● Published by Bo Hall
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by Bo HallGoing EnglishEnglish Riding cantering full speed in Routt County
By Bo Hall
Hannah Melius jumping her horse, Pepper, at her home on Trout Creek. Photo Corey KopischkeRoping and rodeo’n go back as far as cowboys in this classic Western town, but English riding is no stranger to these parts either. Strawberry Park’s Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp was the first camp in the Western United States to offer English riding instruction. Today those roots are coming to fruition, as interest in English riding is increasing among both children and adults. “It’s a big trend here right now,” says Lori Livingston of Mesa Equestrian Center at the base of Rabbit Ears Pass. Part of the reason for the resurgence of English riding in Steamboat Springs may be the influx of people who visit or move here from back East, where this traditional