The King County Council
has honored the outstanding legacy of
Kathryn Taylor by naming the equestrian park at
Trilogy near Redmond as the Kathryn Taylor Equestrian
Park. The vision of this site as an
equestrian park was first proposed by Kathryn in
1987, and with dedication and persistence, she
worked with King Co. government to finalize the concept
and ensure that vision was realized. Kathryn passed away
in 2002. KCEHC, in partnership with
Parks Foundation made her dream a reality, planning and
managing the construction of the horse amenities. These
include a 100 x 200 ft arena with sand footing, a 60 ft.
round pen, parking for trailers and access to the Tolt
River Pipeline trail.
On April 5, 2008 the Kathryn Taylor Equestrian
Park opened its gates to the public with a ribbon
cutting ceremony that included local dignitaries,
refreshments and equestrian entertainment.
View Opening Day article
In a time when equestrian facilities
are disappearing and urban development is spreading, we
have a real cause for celebration and a fitting tribute
to our friend and inspiration, Kathryn Taylor.
Currently, the NW Parks Foundation is
in the process of dissolving and funds for the upkeep of
Kathryn Taylor Equestrian Park are being relocated to
another foundation. Until that time, King County
Executive Horse Council will accept donations designated
for the park's upkeep and reserve those to add to the
new foundation once it is in place.
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Directions: From I-405:
?Take WA 520 Eastbound toward Redmond
?Stay in left lane. Freeway ends and turns into Avondale
?From Avondale Rd. NE., turn right onto NE 132nd St.
?Turn right onto NE 133rd St. or (Seidel Rd.).
?Turn left onto 232nd Ave. NE
?232nd Ave NE crosses over the Tolt Pipeline Trail. The
27 acre Kathryn Taylor Equestrian Park is located on the
left just past the Tolt Pipeline Trail.
Turn left into the park and slightly right to park in
gravel parking area. To exit the park, drive forward to
the north and depart onto NE 142nd PL.
Alternative route from the south:
Take I-405 north then WA-520 east to Avondale Rd.
NE, drive 0.7 miles.
Turn slight right onto Novelty Hill Rd. drive 3.5 miles,
turn left onto Trilogy Pkwy NE.
Drive 1.2 miles going through the ?round about? and
continue to 232nd Ave. NE (about 50 ft. past a horse
trail crossing sign) then turn right.
Drive 0.4 mile on 232nd Ave. NE across Tolt Pipeline
Trail, the KTEP is west of 232nd Ave.NE on the left.
GENERAL FACILITY RULES
?Hours of Operation:
Daylight hours only. Gates are locked each evening.
Parking is drive through. Enter on
232nd and exit on NE 142nd Pl.
?Remove all manure and trash - please leave it as you
found it. Trash and manure pickup is a volunteer effort
so please take it with you.
?Use is first come, first serve.
?Facility cannot be reserved. Facility should be shared
with all equestrians. If you need to be sure you have a
facility for an event, you should not plan on using this
facility. This park is intended for unscheduled, open
?Horses must be attended at all times.
?No activities endangering the welfare of horses or
?Do not tie horses to fencing.
?Dogs must be on leash at all times. No dogs in
?No bicycles or motorized vehicles allowed on trails or
in arena/round pen
?Do not lunge horses in the arena.
?Do not tie horses to arena fencing.
?No dogs, bicycles or motor vehicles in the arena
PLEASE RESPECT "ARENA
?Left shoulder to Left
Shoulder: Riders should try to ride in the
same direction. If this isn't possible then the left
shoulder to left shoulder rule should apply. (Some
European countries ride right shoulder to right
?Slow on the Inside, Fast on
the Outside: Slower riders should ride on the
inside track including those doing schooling such as
lateral work etc? Riders working at a faster pace such
as a lope or canter should stay on the outside track.
?Announce Your Intentions:
Tell the other riders what you plan to do: "passing on
your left", "leaving arena", "entering arena".
?Mount Out of the Way:
Mount and dismount in the center--not on the track.
?Work Together: Users should be doing similar things if at all possible.
And even though the rule is left shoulder to left
shoulder understand it isn't always possible. Be
generous with right-of-way
?Cue Quietly: Voice
commands, kissing, smooching to cue your horse should be
done quietly and away from other horses. Accidentally
cueing another person's horse as you ride along side
them could cause problems.
?Keep A Horse Length Between:
Don't crowd other riders and keep at least a horse
length between you and the horse in front of you. This
keeps you at a safe distance from being kicked. Also
when there are riders working on both the inside and
outside track, leave enough passing room that one horse
isn't able to bite or kick at the horse on the other
?All Horses Under Control:
There should be no loose horses in the arena while
others are riding.
?Be Aware: Be
respectful if another is having problems with a horse,
is riding a young horse, or is a beginner or timid
?Give Right of Way:
Be generous giving right of way even it if it is not
technically the correct right of way.
?Don't Ride Alone:
Ride with a buddy.
?Always Ride Safe:
Wear a helmet and proper boots and ride in control.
?Don't Get in the Way:
Spectators should stand outside the arena, not along
side the track.
?In an Emergency Get Off:
If a rider falls off and a horse gets loose,
all riders should dismount.
ROUND PEN RULES:
?The Round Pen is a Classroom NOT a Gymnasium:
?Use for training ? not turn out or exercise
?If others are waiting, limit time to 30 min.
?Leave No Trace: Remove manure and fill in holes and
rake footing in from rails. (Difficult for ride-in
users, we know)
?No dogs, bicycles or motor vehicles in the round pen.