About the Westernaires Alumni Association
Westernaires is a non-profit youth horseback riding organization, founded in 1949, and based in Jefferson County, Colorado. Matriculating through the Westernaires organization, its top riders travel all across North America and are "the best precision mounted drill team at speed anywhere in the world."
Over those past seven decades, thousands of individuals have graduated from the organization, thousands of volunteers have assisted in the matriculation of those young members, and tens of thousands of others have partaken in Westernaires classes and activities. We, the Westernaires Alumni Association, seek to unite that network of past and present, celebrate the recent successes, and share the organization's rich and vibrant history.
Westernaires alumni have gone on to live and prosper in all corners of the world. While many alumni have remained in the horse world as equine professionals, others have gone on to be successful: attorneys, businesspeople, artists, farmers, military personnel, and public servants.
Similar to other fraternal organizations, the Alumni Association seeks to support, celebrate, and fundraise when needed for the Westernaires organization.
Westernaires Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. TIN 27-1072277
About the Westernaires
The Westernaires were organized in 1949 at the request of the Lakewood, Colorado Youth Council with the support of civic, service, and fraternal groups. Elmer and Marjorie Wyland, together with just a handfull of volunteers, taught 36 riders in that first year, but their hard work and momentum quickly compounded.
Westernaires is an organization that encourages self-respect, responsibility, and leadership through horsemanship and family participation. This non-profit organization, headquartered in Jefferson County, Colorado, provides a fun and challenging avocation for kids between the ages of 9 to 19.
As a remarkable by-product, Westernaires has also earned the moniker of "the best precision mounted drill riding teams at speed, anywhere". They have traveled all over North America as paid feature acts in rodeos, horse shows, television appearances, and movies. Westernaires are the oldest youth riding group in the United States of America.
With over 1,000 member riders and over 300 volunteers, Westernaires calls Fort Westernaire their home base. Located on 35 acres directly south of the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Fort Westernaire offers: indoor and outdoor arenas, classrooms, and dining facilities for year-round activities. It also provides pasture and barns for over 200 head of rental horses, ponies, and drafts. Members of Westernaires need not own their own horse; in fact, most Westernaires don't.
Westernaires is run by a dedicated and passionate group of volunteers -- around 300 in total (many of whom are alumni). The only paid position is the full-time, live-in caretaker of Fort Westernaire.
To learn more about Westernaires, click here to visit their website.
60th Anniversary picture -- 2009
10th Anniversary picture -- 1958
Westernaires Alumni Association
P.O. Box 260529
Lakewood, CO 80226