Equestrians to get arena off Barrel Springs Trail

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgEquestrians have been working with the city since 2002 to come up with a place to hold events. Horse riders used to go to the old Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at Division and AvenueI for events, but that arena was lost when the fairgrounds shifted to a site at AvenueH and the Antelope Valley Freeway. Local equestrian group representatives estimate there are 45,000 horses – and mules and donkeys – in the Antelope Valley. The announcement was made at an event noting the upcoming California Trail Days on May19 and20, a statewide recognition of the importance of trails and their upkeep. The annual recognition is intended to encourage volunteers to work together with park officials, land managers and other trail users on trail access, advocacy, education, fundraising, and maintenance and repair. “Palmdale has recognized how important trails are to making the city a livable community,” Macdonald said. The arena is being built on part of 17acres earmarked for the future Tejon Park. PALMDALE – City officials and horse riders on Thursday announced plans for an equestrian arena at the western end of the Barrel Springs Trail, giving riding groups a place to hold events. A 45,000-square-foot arena will be built at the trail on Barrel Springs Road, east of Sierra Highway. The arena will be used for horse shows, club competitions, fundraisers, clinics and other events for local groups, supporters say. The project, financed with the help of a $160,000 Los Angeles County grant, is expected to be under construction by late June and take about a month to complete. The city will work with an equestrian advisory group on the project. That group will include representatives from the Antelope Valley Trails, Recreation and Environmental Committee of the Antelope Valley Conservancy, the Backcountry Horsemen and Equestrian Trails Inc. “We will come up with something wonderful for the equestrian community,” said Elaine Macdonald, leader of AVTREC. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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