New Equestrian Center offers fun for horse lovers

MAYSVILLE - The new Jackson County Equestrian Center is gaining popularity with people who like to ride horses, said Ricky Sanders, the director of the county's Parks and Recreation Department.

Sanders said building the center has been a good public-private project. The Mountain Stream Saddle Club purchased 26 acres of land next to the existing Hurricane Shoals Park in Maysville and agreed to lease the land to Jackson County for 99 years, Sanders said.

The Saddle Club also financed the construction of a lighted riding arena, which was built by the county, Sanders said.

"We didn't invest that much money into the project," Sanders said. "It met a need we wouldn't have been able to otherwise meet."

The Equestrian Center is open to the public from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sanders said. There is no fee for people to visit the park and ride horses, he said.

In addition, the center will host several events, including Saddle Club shows, bull riding shows and an archery shoot, Sanders said.

Billy Burdette, the president of the Mountain Stream Saddle Club, said his organization decided to enter into the partnership because there was no equestrian center in Jackson County.

"We got what we wanted," he said. "Everything worked out pretty great."