Equine Canada Says Capital Needs Equestrian Park

- July 5th, 2012

Equine Canada, the “national voice of the horse,” has caught up to the issue of the city pulling out of the Nepean National Equestrian Park.

Here is the organization’s press release sent this afternoon:

Equine Canada is alarmed to learn that the Nepean National Equestrian Park, the only municipally run equestrian park of its kind in Canada, could be closing as early as the end of this year.

‘The Park’ as it has affectionately become known, has served the community well since opening its doors in 1986 by the former City of Nepean. It has provided an opportunity for children and adults alike to experience the wonder of horses and to learn a sport which often becomes a life-long passion. It has made the sport more broadly accessible to the urban enthusiast, and for that we are very thankful and appreciative.

As the national ‘voice of the horse’ and the sport in Canada, we know firsthand how intrinsic these kinds of facilities are to the long-term development of our sport and our athletes. Many Ottawa-area citizens, including many in the disabled community, have learned how to ride at the Park, were able to compete at the Park and then returned to volunteer in one of the many shows throughout the years.

The Park also provided a wonderful venue from which world-class showing Jumping, Eventing, Dressage and Para- dressage competitions could be held, and enjoyed by the citizens of Ottawa. These events also brought in valuable visitor dollars to our city.

We believe the Nation’s Capital is the right place for a world-class equestrian facility and strongly hope and encourage the National Capital Commission to keep the Park a welcoming place for horses, riders, coaches and show organizers. We would welcome an opportunity to offer whatever assistance we can, in its efforts.

Mike Gallagher
President
Equine Canada

Categories: Recreation

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3 comments

  1. Milo Cruikshank says:

    Hear Hear!!! Many of us who ride and board our horses at the Park have been rallying, sending letters to the Mayor and Councillors, have a petition going that has over 800 signatures already. It is to many of us our second home, a wonderful facility and place to ride. As you mentioned many start at the Park, and at some point in their lives return to the Park. Some, like my own daughter, started when she was seven, took lessons every week, worked in the office and now, not only is she a lovely rider but teaches Day Camp at the Park.
    In the boarder barn we are a combination of recreational riders and several who Event, do the Jumper shows and some who have enjoyed the Dressage shows! We have many who volunteer – Friends of the Park who have done so much for the facility — buying mirrors for the arena, supplies (saddle pads, halters etc.) for the school horses. They run wonderful bake sales at the In House School shows held approximately six times a year. Everyone enjoys those shows so much. Children and Even the Young at Heart, have so much fun riding for their families.
    I am an organizer of Eventing at the Park and more importantly, the volunteer co-ordinator for the Event. This past June I had over 60 volunteers. We couldn’t run the great shows we do without them. They aren’t all riders either, they have in the past, some are parents of our future equestrians, some just friends of someone who loves the Park and so much more!
    It would be a huge loss for the City if the Nepean National Equestrian Park doesn’t stay running and offering the wonderful programs it does.

  2. howied says:

    WOW it”s the only park of it’s kind municipally run in Canada does that not tell You something. The city should not be in the horse park or golf business. This place looses tax dollars every year and has to stop.

  3. sean says:

    There are a lot of endeavours the City should not be involved in, like hockey arenas and swimming pools. Let private enterprise take those over and if its a profitable business they will survive. Let the indignant howling commence….

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