After discussions last month, several horse owners believed that the Recreation Complex had firm plans to either relocate or eliminate a horse ring at the complex.
“What we discussed at the last meeting was the possibility of moving it in the future to make room for more ball fields with a central concession stand,” said Complex Director Jerry Radford. “Some of the board members and I wanted to call time out to get some input from horse people, to find out what you need now and would like to see in the future. We’re looking at a two-year plan or a five-year plan or even a 10-year plan.”
Horse owner Kenneth Lancaster said, “We want to know about the feasibility and expense of moving the ring when we already have one set up.”
The board has not examined the cost of moving the ring, only discussed the advantages and disadvantages for space at the complex. Mention was made of placing the ring next to the Convention Center Pavilion to use the covered structure in the event of bad weather.
A member of the board, Ralph Thomas said, “Over the years we have put fields wherever they would go, but we are only talking about having the fields back to back. We do not want to drop the horse ring, but now is the time to make decisions to leave things where they are, or if it is feasible to move facilities.”
Stephanie Noel said, “We like where the ring is now. The pavilion is by no means big enough for horse shows. There are only two rings in this part of the state that we can have horse shows in the rain, ours and in Mayfield. The gravel drains well. It would take days and days of rain, thunderstorms or lightning to need to cancel a show. The ring drains wonderfully. It doesn’t hold water.”
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