Bannockburn Country – Douglas County Equine Real Estate

Retrieve your dreams off of the back burner!  Check out the beautiful Douglas County equine real estate in Franktown’s Bannockburn neighborhood.  You can bring your horses and trot through the foothills and Rocky Mountains or into Black Forest. Set midst ponderosa pine and meadowland, Bannockburn offers stunning views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  South of Denver, Bannockburn is a large country subdivision near Highway 83 in Franktown.

Franktown sits at 6100 foot elevations.  The rural community is home to approximately 400 residents.  Plenty of shopping, restaurants, and services are close by in Castle Rock and Parker.  And the Denver International Airport only 45 minutes north of Franktown.

Details –Bannockburn Properties

Featuring large lots ranging from 5 acres to 10 acres, most of Bannockburn is zoned for horses.  Bannockburn real estate comprises custom and semi-custom homes.  Development began in the 1980s.  Vacant lots are available.  Lot prices range from $150,000 to $200,000; home prices range to $800,000.

Bibles Hill Drive, Columbine Drive, Deerpath Road, Deerpath Trails, Duffy Lane, Frontier Lane, Holden Circle, Meadow Green Circle, Tanglewood Road, and Ward Circle are streets in Bannockburn.


Douglas County Equine Real EstateThe Western lifestyle permeates the neighborhood.  Wildlife traverse native habitat.  Neighborhood trails connect to the Castlewood Canyon State Park.  Many of the properties include barns, outbuildings, corrals, and fencing.  Domestic wells may be used for animals and agriculture.  Covenants allow for up to five approved animals. Approved animals may include horses, donkeys, and alpacas; a beef animal and up to 10 chickens. RV’s are permitted.

Although the subdivision is managed by an HOA, fees are minimal ($25/month).  The board and property owners meet at the Franktown Fire Station every month.


Douglas County School District operates Franktown Elementary School, Sagewood Middle School, and Ponderosa High School for families living in the area.


From Castle Rock, take Highway 86 east to Franktown and continue another 3.5 miles.  Turn north on Deerpath Road.

Real Estate Agents – Douglas County

For more information about Douglas County equine real estate, please call Michael Paul, Realty Oasis in Englewood, Colorado at 303-814-9546.  Need horse training?  Karen Paul is owner, manager and head horse trainer at Boomerang in Elizabeth, Colorado.

Douglas County Horse Properties – 2016 NCQHA Heart of the Rockies

Douglas County Horse PropertiesThose of us fortunate enough to enjoy Douglas County horse properties look forward to the many equestrian events in the area.  Coming up soon beginning Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, Colorado.  “Heart of the Rockies” features four Quarter Horse Shows sponsored by the Northern Colorado Quarter Horse Association.

The Heart of the Rockies event provides an excellent venue for all ages of participants.  Enthusiastic 4-H participants naturally get involved in a favorite Colorado pastime, riding horses.  Children and youth also get a lot out of observing how others take care of their horses.  Watching horses and handlers in the arena seems to draw on the imagination of these youngsters.  All the while, adults cannot help but be impressed with the many beautiful horses and noticeable horsemanship so prevalent at the NCQHA shows.

Douglas County Horse PropertiesScheduled Events

Events begin at 8:00 AM Thursday and continue through Sunday, July 24, 2016.  A selection of Western Trail, Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, and Hunt Seat Equitation events will be held at the Indoor Arena beginning at 8:00 AM Thursday and Saturday. Showmanship, Western Horsemanship, and Western Riding categories will be held Friday and Sunday.

Categories include All Breed Walk/Trot for ages 11 & under and 12 & over; Green Horse; Youth Novice; Youth 18 & under; Junior Horse; Amateur Novice; Amateur Select; Amateur; and Senior Horse.  The Leadline 8 & under will be held only on Sunday.

Halter Events

Amateur, Youth, and Open categories of Halter Events will also take place on Friday and Sunday.  Come on out to observe. Performance Mares and Performance Geldings; Yearling Mares and Yearling Geldings; 2-year-old Mares and 3-year-old Mares and Geldings; and Aged Geldings will participate.

Entry Fees and Admission

Show fees are available ala carte for $10-$15. Flat Entry Fees are $75 per horse per judge.  The AQHA Admin Fee is $5 per judge.  RV Reservations in RV Barn Lot 20 amps cost $120 and RV South Lot 30 amps $100.  Circuit Horse Stalls are $120.

Directions to Douglas County Fairgrounds

From Denver, take Interstate 25 S. to Exit 181 for Frontage Road/Plum Creek Parkway. Turn left on Plum Creek Parkway. Turn left on Fairgrounds Road.

Real Estate Agents Central Colorado

For information about Douglas County horse properties and equestrian options from Denver to Colorado Springs, please contact Michael Douglas County Horse PropertiesPaul, Realty Oasis in Englewood, Colorado at 303-814-9546.  Also ask about Karen Paul, owner, manager and head horse trainer at Boomerang in Elizabeth, Colorado.

2016 Almost Summer Horse Show – Colorado Horse Properties

Coming up is the 21st Annual UPHA Almost Summer Horse Show. Come experience the beauty and grace of American Saddlebred, Morgan, Friesian, and other breeds. The competition will be held beginning Thursday, June 2, 2016 through Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the National Western Events Center.  There will be plenty of fun, family-oriented entertainment, food, and drink. Admission is free.

Colorado Horse PropertiesSpecial events include The show opens with a Blessing of the Animals and 9:00 AM in the Paddock Ring. Classes will be held twice a day. 10 AM and 6 PM. On Thursday and Friday at 6 PM, the sessions begin with and exhibition by Sweethearts of the West Drill Team.  The Praying Hands Ranch therapeutic riding session will be the beneficiary. Thursday will be Lunch with the Judge at Stockyards Saloon.

The number of world-class equine in attendance is estimated to be 100-150. This is a great time to enjoy the shows and walk the stable areas to view these marvelous horses.  Or use the event to get inspired to inquire about suitable Colorado horse properties right here in Elbert County, Douglas County or around Denver.

Disciplines and Types of Classes

Almost Summer Horse Show showcases a great many disciplines and offers many classes. Among them are:

  • English
  • Western
  • Pleasure
  • Driving, Halter
  • Saddle Seat
  • Gaited: 5 Gaited; 3-5 Gaited Amateur, Junior, Junior Exhibitor, Novice, Park, Park Amateur, Park Pleasure, Pleasure, Country Pleasure, and Show Pleasure; Walk Trot, Fine Harness
  • English Pleasure: Junior Exhibitor, Amateur, and Youth
  • Country Pleasure: English, Adult, Driving, Hunter, Junior Exhibitor, Novice, and Western;
  • Show Pleasure: Adult, Driving, Junior Exhibitor, and Novice
  • Classic Pleasure: Driving, Saddle
  • Pleasure Driving:  Amateur, Junior Exhibitor
  • Equitation: Saddle Seat, Walk Trot, Saddle & Bridal Medallion, UPHA Challenge Cup 17 & Under, UPHA Challenge Cup WT 10 & Under
  • Park: Saddle, Amateur, Saddle Amateur, Harness, Pleasure, Pleasure Driving, Pleasure Junior, Pleasure Novice
  • Hunter
  • Western Pleasure: Non-Pro, Amateur, Junior Exhibitor, Youth

United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA)

Colorado Horse PropertiesUPHA is an organization of professional horsemen and women willing to aid amateurs in need.  Their work stimulates interest in horses.  Activities sponsored by UPHA include the Classics, Challenge Cup, Ribbons of Service, Exceptional Challenge Cup, Scholarship Fund, Benevolent Fund, and the UPHA Classics Jackpot Sale.  The UPHA Classic Grand Championships are held annually.

There are a couple dozen UPHA chapters around the United States and Canada.  Colorado is part of Chapter 19.  The Chairperson is Kayla Wooters at 720-951-1879.

Central Colorado Equine Realtors

For information about Colorado horse properties along the Front Range, please call Michael Paul, Realty Oasis in Englewood, Colorado at 303-814-9546.  Karen Paul is owner, manager and head trainer at Boomerang in Elizabeth, Colorado.

Horse Activities Elbert County Real Estate Market

Horse Pens Elbert County Real EstateSouth of Denver we find amazing places in the Elbert County real estate market to own horses.  So much of the lifestyle in the rural community revolves around down to earth recreational activities, horses and other animals, and farming. Elbert County is east of Castle Rock in an area along Highway 86, midway between the Denver suburbs and Colorado Springs.

Perhaps you would like to open an equestrian business in the area.  Horses are a way of life here.  And there are many horse trails along the Colorado Front Range.  The equestrian industry adds $110-$135 million to the economies of Elbert County and neighboring Douglas County.  According to the Douglas-Elbert Horse Council, between 1400 and 1950 people are employed in the industry.

Equestrian Events at Elbert County Fairgrounds

One of the community hubs is the Elbert County Fairgrounds, site of the Elbert County Fair, located at 95 Ute Ave. in Kiowa, Colorado.  During the other times of the year, facilities are rented or used by a number of groups for their equestrian activities. These include:

•    Country Style 4-H Club
•    Women’s Riding Club
•    Boy Scouts of America: Team Roping, Tie Down, and Breakaway Roping
•    All Breed Horse Show
•    Girl Scouts America: Barrel Racing
•    6th Annual Roping Event

More Upcoming Equine Events

Horse Activities Elbert County Real EstateElbert County All Breed Open Show – This show will be held June 19, July 12, and August 16, 2016 at the Fairgrounds.  It includes Halter and Showmanship classes, English classes, and Western classes. It is on the Three Show Circuit.  High Point Circuit Awards are at stake.
Cowboy Up in Kiowa – Presents CPRA Summer Rodeo Event June 24-25, 2016 with Rough stock, Bareback, Saddlebronc, and Bull Riding as well as the Open Saddle Series Gymkhama on June 25, July 17, and August 27, 2016 with Barrels, Poles, Keyhole, and Flags.

Cowboy Camp Elbert County Real EstateColorado Cowboy Camp Meeting – This is a weeklong camp held June 15-19, 2016.  Colorado Cowboy Camp Meeting is an interdenominational revival meeting with activities for children and youth.

Pikes Peak Range Riders Foundation

This nonprofit organization was formed as a charitable outreach by the Pikes Peak Range Riders. They promote the Western heritage through youth events and activities on their 45-acre site. Special events include Little Bridges Rodeo, Winter Buckle Series, Scouts, and Pikes Peak Rangerettes.  They also operate the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Writings Center at Latigo.

Stables in Elbert County

Elbert County is replete with numerous beautiful full-service boarding facilities.  WindyRidge Thoroughbreds, Kaliber Stables, Barry’s Equestrian Center, Sunny Acre Stables, Haven Ridge Equestrian Center, Dig-A-Ditch Ranch, Garrett Ranch, Serenity Farm Show Stables, Black Kettle Ranch, Cross the Meadow Farm, North Woods Farm, Majestic Trail Ranch, and Goodburn Ranch.

Real Estate Agents Elbert County Colorado

For more information about Colorado horse training and Elbert County real estate, please call Michael Paul, Realty Oasis in Englewood, Colorado at 303-814-9546.  Karen Paul is owner, manager and head trainer at Boomerang in Elizabeth, Colorado.

How Colorado Horse Council Helps Protect Equine Property

Equine PropertyAre you aware of the many rules and regulations, including tax issues surrounding those who own horses and equine properties in Colorado?  One good way to stay up on legislation and protect your interest in the Colorado equestrian lifestyle is to join the Colorado Horse Council, Inc.  The nonprofit organization is dedicated to informing the equestrian community and protecting the rights of horse owners.

Events – Colorado Horse Council

The Colorado Horse Council is involved in promoting many events, programs, and activities.  The upcoming Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is a tradeshow that includes a broad range of helpful resources and classes such as clinics, craft fair, Holistic Horse Fair, and USA-Mustang Days.  It will be held March 11-13, 2016 at the National Western Stock Show Complex.  The event is the largest show of this type west held anywhere west of Ohio.


Colorado Horse Council is responsible for many positive decisions effecting hoEquine Propertyrse owners.  For example, the organization drafted the original Equine Civil Liability Act, which passed in 1990. It helped change Worker’s Compensation Insurance Rates and remove the state sales tax on geldings, that supplies, and agricultural equipment. Kept boarding stables classification as agricultural and horses classified as livestock instead of pets. The organization also helped keep the public trails open to horses.

Legislation Pertaining to Horses

Members ensure representation on legislation that could affect those who work with horses and/or keep horses. One glance at the organizational website profiles 47 recent bills.  The list of titles includes topics such as:Equine Property

  • South Platte Aquifer Study Recommendations (HB 15-1013)
  • Flexible Water Markets (HB 15-1038)
  • Increase Penalties for Animal Fighting (HB 15-1062)
  • Income Tax Deduction for Leasing Out Ag Assets (HB 15-1234)
  • Concurrent Jurisdiction Over Federal Land (SB 15-039)
  • Sunset Pesticide Applicators (SB 15-119)
  • Tax Incentives for Agritourism-related Activities (SB 15-127)
  • CO Federal Land Management Commission (SB 15-232)

Join the Colorado Horse Council

Individual and Family Memberships are available and you can find details at Colorado Horse Council, 22 S 4th Ave #106, Brighton, CO 80601, (303) 292-4981,  “The Colorado Horse Council, Inc. is aggressive-roots, all-breed, non-discipline specific organization dedicated to linking the horse owners and the horse industry of the State of Colorado….”  Members include farmers, ranchers, breeders, trainers, performers, retailers, veterinary care providers, service providers, boarding stable managers, feed producers, and individuals.

Equestrian Real Estate Agents Colorado

For information about equine properties in the Denver/Colorado Springs region along the Front Range, please call Michael Paul, Realty Oasis in Englewood, Colorado at 303-814-9546.

Simple Horse Facility to Add to Denver Property

Keep your horses right there on your Denver property instead of boarding them out.  Many homes in the outlying areas of Denver sit on small acreage zoned for horse.  Yet they are missing the necessary facilities to house horses like barns or stables.  Just imagine how handy it will be to walk out the back door to brush your palomino.

Basic Horse Facilities Fit for Central Colorado

Denver PropertyShelter, tack room, food storage, water supply, ventilation, light, waste management – these are just some of the aspects to consider when building a simple equestrian facility close to your Central Colorado home.  Our winters require some way for horse to shelter inside during the winter.

The size of the barn or stable depends on how many horses will live there. For the purposes of simplicity, let’s say there will be two horses dedicated to 4-H projects.  A simple building will include a separate stall for each horse.  This allows each horse to receive individual care and attention.

The horse needs to be able to turn around in its own space/box.  They need to be a minimum of 12 feet square and larger for stallions or mares with foals.  These open to a corral area on one side and to feed bins on the other.

Another quadrant will be dedicated to grooming and tack.  If possible, add a water supply and drain system for hosing the horses in the grooming area.  Nearby will be an organized tack area.  The fourth quadrant may be dedicated to storing hay and grain.

Denver PropertyMulti-Purpose Barn Facilities

While you are adding a horse barn to your property, think about any other needs.  Do you need storage?  Do you need an extra garage?  How about an office or restroom?  A barn or stable can also include these purposes.  So this is the time to extend the roof to incorporate these uses.

Central Colorado Real Estate Agents

For more information about Denver property zoned for horses, please call Michael Paul, Realty Oasis in Englewood, Colorado at 303-814-9546.  Karen Paul is owner, manager and head trainer at Boomerang in Elizabeth, Colorado.  She makes horse training her life’s work.

Equestrian Cross Country in Central Colorado

Some may think of Colorado like the old Westerns. Yet equestrian cross country competitions are alive and well in the Denver – Colorado Springs area. Cross-country equestrian jumping is referred to as cross-country or hunter trials. Cross-country is one of the three phases of the broader sport of preventing.

Equestrian Cross CountryCross-country tests endurance, it is the ultimate challenge. To be successful, the horse and rider need to be in excellent condition. Upper level Courses must adhere to very strict conditioning programs. Cross-country tests timing, speed, and jumping abilities as well as the synchronization of the horse and rider.

The course is 2.75 to 4 miles long and includes 24-36 fixed and solid obstacles.  It begins with a start box followed by some straightforward obstacles that will build confidence and rhythm.  Endurance is very much tested during long courses filled with obstacles. The obstacles may be unfamiliar to the horses and could be designed to test their courage.

Natural obstacles are found in the terrain. These include things such as waterways, trees, felled trees, gullies, and banks.  Good footing is imperative and therefore riders will thoroughly evaluate the course before the competition.

Obstacles placed along a cross-country course are specifically flagged and numbered. A red flag is placed on the right and a white flag on the left. Optional flags are marked with a black stripe on the red flags. Numbers are coded to signal the level of the competition.

History of Cross-Country Events

Equestrian Cross CountryOver the past couple of centuries, long format endurance test were used in competitions. Cross-Country was one of the phases that needed to be completed, usually the last phase. The first two phases provided somewhat of a warm-up leading to the Steeplechase and then the Cross-Country. So the last phase really did test endurance.

The more modern short format is comprised solely of the cross-country course which appeals most to spectators and riders.

Cross-Country Trainers in Central Colorado

Karen Paul is owner, manager and head trainer at Boomerang in Elizabeth, Colorado.  She has competed extensively and has made Combined Training her life’s work.  For more information about cross-country equestrian training and equine real estate, please call Michael Paul, Realty Oasis in Englewood, Colorado at 303-814-9546.

Keene Ranch Castle Rock Horse Property for Sale

Spread out on this fantastic 6.64-acre Castle Rock horse property in Keene Ranch. Entirely fenced, the equestrian dream features a ranch-style single-family home with a three-car garage, barn and stables, a tack room, paddocks and pasture. It is turnkey and ready and can accommodate four horses.  Keene Ranch is located just outside the Castle Rock city limits.

Address:  2989 Castle Butte Drive, Castle Rock, CO 80109
MLS Search #:  6901410
Price:  $875,000

Castle Rock horse property

Details of Castle Rock Horse Property

Custom-built in 2000 by Andrew Coyne, the beautiful mountain contemporary-style home features 3754 finished square feet with an open floor plan and a walkout lower level. Stunning architectural details accent the home. The home features four bedrooms including a marvelous master suite, three full baths and one half bath.  There is a large family room, great room, dining room, and den.

Owners will enjoy many upgrades, three fireplaces and vaulted ceilings among them. The oversized kitchen is stocked with plenty of cabinets and a walk-in pantry, granite countertops, and newer stainless steel appliances.  A huge deck off the main level overlooks grassy turnouts.
The oversized attached garage is accessible from the paved circular driveway. The four-stall stable and master outfitted barn feature power and water, heaters, a wash rack, and he storage.

Keene Ranch

Keene Ranch is a secluded master-planned community set at 7000 feet over the Dawson Butte.  There are approximately 250 home sites of varying sizes spread around the winding roads and cul-de-sacs in the subdivision.  It offers over 16 miles of horse trails and open spaces with breathtaking views in every direction and abundant wildlife.  Keene Ranch is full of natural beauty, gamble oak and wildflowers

The 1500-acre Dawson Butte Open Space on the west side of Keene Ranch is a conservation easement and elk calving ground.  Its horse jumps, meadows, and forests are accessible to Keene Ranch residents.

Castle Rock, Colorado

Castle Rock is a city of 50,000 residents located between Denver and Colorado Springs.  Castle Rock is a charming community offering shopping, dining, and services as well as great golf courses.  It is the seat of Douglas County, a semi-rural area along Interstate 25 in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Castle Rock receives many honors including Top 15 Towns in the Nation to Raise Family and Top Towns in America.

Schools Serving Keene Ranch

Douglas County Schools serve families at Clear Sky Elementary School, Castle Rock Middle School, and Castle View High School.

Directions to 2989 Castle View Drive in Castle Rock

From Interstate 25, take exit for Plum Creek Parkway.  Go straight onto Frontage Road on the west side of Interstate 25 45 miles. Turn right on Tomah.  Turn right into Keene Ranch and continue 3.5 miles.

Real Estate Agents Castle Rock Colorado

For more information about this excellent Castle Rock horse property in Keene Ranch, please call Michael Paul of Realty Oasis in Englewood, Colorado at 303-814-9546.

Jefferson County Westernaires & CO Equestrian Real Estate

Wildly popular for folks from Jefferson County CO equestrian real estate, Horsecapades showcase America’s Finest Precision Mounted Use Drill Teams. Tickets to the “Horsecapades” anyone? It’s an exciting fund-raising performance and showy alumni homecoming for the Westernaires.  The Westernaire’s Annual Horsecapades Show will be held October 24-25, 2015 in Denver.

CO Equestrian Real Estate Horsecapades annualshowThe Jefferson County Westernaires, a volunteer organization established in 1949, uses horsemanship to encourage young people to embody self-respect, responsibility, and leadership.  Other upcoming events include Westernaire’s at Trinidad, September 5-7, 2015 in Trinidad.

Fort Westernaire CO Equestrian Real Estate

Westernaires offers Members awesome facilities at a prorperty called Fort Westernaire.  The property, training arenas, programs, and rental horses are at 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden, Colorado 80401. Located adjacent to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, the Central Colorado property is owned by the county.

Three outdoor arenas, four indoor arenas, lots of stables, classrooms, kitchen, a club store, museum, and caretakers’ quarters are all part of Fort Westernaire.  Indoor arenas include the Volunteer Arena was constructed by members and volunteers. It features 1000 seats and an indoor padlock area.  The other three are the Red Arena, White Arena, and Blue Arena. Outdoor arenas include Western, Hutchinson, and Moore.


The non-profit youth group is open to children ages 9-19. Members live in Jefferson County or own property in Jefferson County. After the traditional school year opens, new members are admitted every year. Students may apply anytime between April and August.

Members must abide by somewhat restrictive rules of conduct, discipline, and department. Guidelines are meant to engender qualities characteristic of responsible, productive citizens.

CO Equestrian Real EstateNew Westernaire’s begin as “Tenderfoot”. Through hard work and dedication they reach the top level, the Red Division. Along the way, the young writers may be part of White Liberty, the Glory Riders, the Red Steppes, Real Rangers and tens of other teams.

Rent a Horse from Westernaires

Members do not all own horses. Some own Jefferson County CO equestrian real estate and keep horses at home. But a substantial number of young people rent horses on a weekly basis. They can change horses over time, and even adopt horses whenever they acquire their fine Colorado horse property.  Westernaire’s Livery has dozens of horses, ponies, and some burros.

Real Estate Agents Denver Colorado

For more information about Jefferson County CO equestrian real estate, please call Michael Paul, Realty Oasis in Englewood, Colorado at 303-814-9546.

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