Equestrian plan studied by city officials

December 12, 1997


Staff Writer

A proposal for equestrian facilities at Hagerstown Fairgrounds received a favorable reaction from City Council members on Tuesday.

A final decision on what recreational facilities to provide at the 68-acre green space in the city's core has yet to be made, said Planning Director Ric Kautz.

The mayor and council are scheduled to hear proposals from various recreational groups through January as they try to decide what to build next at the fairgrounds, Kautz said.

Those groups include supporters for soccer fields and BMX - a type of sport bicycling - and skate boarding areas, he said.


The Greater Hagerstown Equestrian Association would like two show rings, a workout area and a runway for jousting, said spokesman David Oswald.

Stables would be needed to house horses for several days at a time, but not on a long-term basis, Oswald said.

The city could generate revenue by charging hookup fees for horse trainers and owners that bring trailers, said Rhonda Replogle, of Clear Spring, a trainer and breeder of quarter horses.

Equestrian facilities could be used for shows every week, weather permitting, as well as lessons, said Leslie Mills, of Hancock, a thoroughbred breeder.

Mills said the association could manage the equestrian facilities for the city.

Kautz said space in the clubhouse is available for offices and concession stands.

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