You and I know that at Manassas, a nation quickly came to realize the civil war would not be a quick and easy fight.
The terrible years after July 21, 1861 are grim reminders of the price to be paid when reasonable people act unreasonably.
The cost is truly terrible and only the foolish would think Americans are unwilling to protect a freedom forged at
so high a price.
As Prince William County and the surrounding area loses its rural character in the wake of expanding development,
places to ride become more difficult to find. We seek to insure the historic battlefield at Manassas remains a setting
where equestrians can go to honor and appreciate an era in which so many Americans nobly fought here in defense
of their freedoms and ideals and enjoy some of the beautiful countryside our nation has to offer.
When the Battlefield Equestrian Society was formed in 1985 by a small group of equestrians, it was with the resolve
that even a small group of people can make a difference. Today we celebrate many achievements that have made
improvements to the Park and to the visitor’s experience. BES has donated just over $850,000 in cash, goods and
services to Manassas National Battlefield Park thanks to our supporters and members.
As a member, not only do you receive a discount on certain special event rides and merchandise as well as notices
of upcoming events, you also receive opportunities to take an active and direct role in maintaining and improving
the trails and the equestrian experience in the Park. These opportunities provide hands-on experience and much
needed additional help for a cash strapped National Park Service.
Of course, everything BES accomplishes could not be possible without you - our members, supporters and partners.
You deserve our universal thanks for your dedication and continued support of BES and Manassas National Battlefield.