Dallas equestrian center back on track

December 24, 2012 by  

The development for Texas Horse Park in Dallas has finally been given the go-ahead following a long period of indecision. However, the facility has terminated its contract with Texas Horse Park, Inc., which was signed in 2006.

Equest and River Ranch Education Charities have signed deals with the City Council to look after the operational and developmental side of the facility. Texas Horse Park Inc. will continue to be involved with the facility in a fundraising capacity.

Two covered arenas, site preparation, 60 stalls, outdoor arenas, an activity center, fenced pastures, a barbecue, and a pavilion area will all be covered by $12m from the city’s 2006 bond funds. Commercial and charity programs will be operated by the two non-profit organizations. The equestrian team at Southern Methodist University is considering using the facility as the SMU golf program and has already arranged its practice at the Trinity Forest golf course.

There still remains opposition to the facility from Angela Hunt and Sandy Greyson, council members who fear that the city could be left dealing with any future shortfall. However, Vonciel Jones Hill points out other planned projects for the area have been just as risky. Work will start on the facility in January 2013 and will finish in September 2013. The facility may also bring work to local businesses, like the printers who could produce flyer printing as part of the promotional printing services required. Poster printing may also be called for to let people know of the work being carried out.