What is a Horse / Equestrian
A horse/equestrian park is a large acreage facility primarily
used for horse events.
These facilities are designed to be
used for recreational purposes and to attract regional, national, and
international competitions. The synergy of a horse/equestrian park comes from
the ability to offer many amenities in one location. A major facility needs to
be able host more than one competition at a time and to attract regional and
national shows. This capability would attract a variety of equestrians and
spectators to the facility. To accommodate stabling, many horse parks have over
500 stalls, some have over 1,000. To attract and host large multiple day shows,
a significant amount of acreage is needed.
- "Horse" parks are typically owned
and managed by county agencies.
- "Equestrian" parks are typically
privately owned and operated.
|International horse parks are currently located in the Eastern
U.S. in Virginia, Carolina, Georgia (1,400 acres and host of the 1996
Equestrian Olympics), Florida (500 acres), and Kentucky (1,400 acres and host
of the 2010 World Equestrian Games). Spruce Meadows (400 acres) in Calgary is
Canada's major international horse park. Regional horse parks in the Western
United Stated include the L.A. Equestrian Center and West World in Scottsdale,
in the North East the Idaho Horse Park, and in the Mid West the Colorado Horse
The primary purpose of CEPEC
is to provide the public with a world class equestrian sports complex that can
offer a wide range of equine activities and services which are educational,
competitive, entertaining, and recreational. These will include horse shows,
classes, clinics, seminars, conferences, demonstrations, programs for the
disabled, cross country events, polo, dressage, cutting, reining, vaulting,
gymkana, driving, trail riding, and hiking. CEPEC's goal is to become the
locale for prestigious national and international level equine competitions and
have the ability to host international equestrian events such as those in the
Summer Olympics and the World Equestrian Games.
A substantial amount of land (1,000 acres) is needed for CEPEC's
facilities, including arenas, polo fields, driving and eventing courses,
parking, coliseum, veterinary hospital, conference and education centers,
museum, riding and hiking trails, and camp ground. The amount of land planned
for the CEPEC complex is
approximately 300 acres.