Meadville Tribune

June 14, 2013

Horse exhibitors ask for fairground improvements

By Keith Gushard

MEADVILLE — Any improvements to the horse show ring at the Crawford County Fairgrounds will need approval by the county’s governing board of commissioners, according to the Crawford County Fair Board.

At Thursday’s monthly fair board meeting, several horse exhibitors asked the fair board to consider making drainage and footing improvements to the ring for horses.

Julie Hobson, who chairs the fair’s saddle horse and pony exhibition, asked the board to consider adding a mixture of concrete sand and anti-skid to improve footing for horses within the ring.

Chris Parker, a horse exhibitor, also asked the board to consider improvements to the ring.

Both cited some soft spots within the arena that can cause horses to be injured as well as a buildup of water around parts of the ring after heavy rains.

Fair board members said they were in favor of making improvements, but the fair board only is responsible for maintenance of the ring during fair week and the annual 4-H Roundup.

The fair board said the county owns the fairgrounds.

The county rents out the show ring to other groups, including the Western Pennsylvania Riding and Driving horse club, Penn-Ohio Morgan Horse Association and 4-H for individual club practice.

Fair board members indicated the fair would pay its share toward ring maintenance, but they suggested the exhibitors also contact the different groups involved and then present a proposal to the county commissioners.