The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors will take part in a walking equestrian workshop at the Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park and Hamlin House on Sunday, Oct. 4 starting at 1 p.m.
ITID Parks & Recreation Director Elizabeth Ricci said the tour is to get input from board members and residents on improvements they feel are needed at the equestrian park, and the best way to utilize grants that have become available.
“We’ll be walking around Nicole Hornstein throughout the workshop and get ideas and input from anyone who attends the meeting, board members and residents, to see what kind of renovations and upgrades they would like to see done at the equestrian park,” Ricci said.
Ricci said that ITID staff has ideas they would like to put in place but want to get additional input before taking any action.
“There has been a huge variety of options that have come up that we discussed, but we want to go out to the public and see. They’re the ones who are going to be there. What do they see missing that should be added of changed,” she said. “We’re hoping to get a lot of input on Sunday, and that way we can start putting together a plan to move forward.”
For this particular workshop, the focus is on the Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park, although there may be some discussion of equestrian trails starting at the park and connectivity.
“We did plan it on Sunday because the Acreage Landowners’ Association does have a barrel race planned that afternoon,” Ricci said. “We’re hoping that because there’s an activity going on in the park, we should have a few people already out there. That’s why we’re trying to do it on a Sunday versus a rather than during the week or a weekend night, where not necessarily everyone is going to come out. We’re going to have those people out there who are utilizing it.”
Ricci added that she is in regular contact with ALA members to get their input on equestrian and other issues of interest to district residents.
“We hope to have a good turnout on Sunday,” she said. “Our goal is to get as much feedback as possible and start putting together a plan to move forward with that park. It could use some upgrades, and now with us having some activities going on out there, it’s definitely needed.”
Ricci said discussion will probably arise regarding footing in the arena, which came up after the last barrel race.
“I know that has been brought up previously,” she said. “Depending on what type of equestrian programming you have going out there, there’s different types of footing for different types of programming or riding.”
For those who do not want to attend in person, the tour can be attended remotely by visiting www.indiantrail.com and clicking on “Video, Minutes & Agenda Packets.”