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Horseshoe Bend Flight Park features paragliding in a friendly environment

Posted at 3:30 PM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-27 20:38:04-04

HORSESHOE BEND, Idaho — The Horseshoe Bend Flight Park gives people, regardless of their experience, a chance to soar with the eagles high above the foothills in Boise County.

Scott Edwards has run this flight park for the past four years and offers people a chance to learn this high flying sport.

"We kind of pioneered this sport in Idaho, and in doing so, my dream turned into wanting to have my own facility," said Edwards.

But paragliding can also be dangerous, and Scott has had to deal with the loss of his friend and former co-owner Boer, who crashed and died at the park last summer.

"If I was to say anything about dealing with hard times, it is don't give up," said Edwards. "If we can keep pushing forward and loving life, then you are going to be the best you are going to be, but if we give up on that, then it is going to be a downhill spiral."

The flight park offers tandem flights, experienced flyers come from all over the world to this park and Scott will also teach people who want to learn how to paraglide.

We met a couple who had just been married, they chose to come to Idaho for their honeymoon to learn this sport.

"I didn't picture this at all, but it seems that paragliding is a very relaxing community, and I really welcome that," said Rebecca Deppe, who was learning the ropes with her new husband Blake. "Scott knows what he is doing, and I trust him."

Next weekend the flight park will host an accuracy contest, in prior years, flyers would come from all over the world but with COVID-19, that will not happen.

But the best flyers around Idaho will have a chance to showcase their skill s in an attempt to land on a bullseye.

The Horseshoe Bend Flight Park is also a big part of the community and a couple of weeks ago they hosted a fundraiser for the Horsebend Volunteer Fire Department.