Prairie Post (East Edition)

Dunmore Equestrian ready to break ground on indoor event centre

- By Samantha Johnson

Alberta Newspaper Group

Dunmore Equestrian is planning on breaking ground in late spring to build its long-awaited indoor event centre.

On April 1, a town hall with roughly 70 in attendance was held at Ralph’s Texas Bar and Grill to provide an update and raise a few funds with a silent auction.

“We’ve been meeting with builders and trying to get everything together and get a solid plan and we absolutely hope to be breaking ground in spring,” said president Kelly Creasy.

Creasy added they hope to see the indoor facility operationa­l by fall 2023, but they want to do it right and if it takes longer, that is OK.

“It’s not like we want something for this winter, we want it for a long, long time for the residents of Cypress County.”

Being a year-round facility has always been a goal for the centre. Last fall, the road into the centre was upgraded by Cypress County and they now have a tie-in to city water.

Dunmore Equestrian Centre was awarded a Community Facility Enhancemen­t Grant of $1 million by the

Alberta government. The grant requires them to acquire matching donations and they have secured significan­t support from Cypress County and other donors. However, more donations are needed to complete the project.

With the grant and matching donations, a 140-by-375-foot event center will be built to serve as a hub for agricultur­al and equestrian activities in the region. Creasy estimates they will need more than $2 million to complete the facility and make it operationa­l.

The indoor event centre will allow Dunmore Equestrian, a non-profit dedicated to promoting agricultur­e, equestrian sport and animal-assisted wellness, to expand what they have to offer the community.

Once complete the facility will contain an event center, a community center, stabling for horses, and space for spectators and vendors.

Those interested in volunteeri­ng at events or supporting the constructi­on of the event center can contact Dunmore Equestrian.

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