TRRFCC horsemanship is evolving at Horseshoe Trails Elementary School


Horseshoe Trails Elementary School, located in the Cave Creek Unified School District, is proud to be the only public school in the nation to offer the TRRFCC Horsemanship Program (Six Pillars of Character – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship). This signature program teaches students important character and team building skills through interactions with the TRRFCC horses. Beginning this school year, Horseshoe Trails is excited to announce, in partnership with the TRRFCC Horsemanship Board of Directors, that the TRRFCC Horsemanship Program will be expanding to include students in grades K-6.

Students in grades K-2 will be nominated by their homeroom teacher to participate in TRRFCC Hoofprints, which will consist of students partnering with a horse while learning about self-confidence, character, and communication.

Students in grades 3-5 will submit an interest form to their teacher by September 18 to be eligible to participate. Students will be working in small groups of peers from different classes and participate in meaningful, targeted instruction with the horses.

CCUSDStudents in grade 6 have the opportunity to apply to be TRRFCC Mentors. These mentors will co-lead small group activities with an adult volunteer while working with third and fourth grade students.

Students and horses can enjoy their lunches together on “Graze Dayz!” One day a month, a small group of students from grades 3, 4 and 5 will bring a sack lunch and come down to the arena during their regular lunch period. They will feed the horses, eat their lunches in the outdoor classroom, and spend a little time with all of the horses who are visiting that day.

For more information about Horseshoe Trails Elementary School, offering its students a Chinese Immersion Program beginning in Kindergarten, contact the principal Dr. Matt Schenk at or by calling 480-272-8500. For more information regarding the TRRFCC Horsemanship programs, please visit the TRRFCC Horsemanship website