The opinions and support of horsemen in the region is VERY IMPORTANT to the success of the new Appalachian Horse Center. We have scheduled three sessions for horsemen to discuss their ideas about the Center, and to get any questions answered. Below is the schedule, and this information will also be going into the newspapers in the area.
On January 17th and 18th, the newly proposed Appalachian Horse Center is hosting listening sessions with the horse owners living in the counties of Breathitt, Floyd, Harlan, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Perry and Pike. The initial work group would like to hear horse owners’ thoughts on the proposed Appalachian Horse Center, which will be located in one of the above nine counties.
All sessions are open to all horse owners in these counties and will be held on:
Sunday January 17th at 2:00 pm at the Leslie County Extension Office on Main Street in Hyden KY. Address: 22045 Main Street, Hyden 41749
Monday January 18th at 10:00 am at the Hampton Inn meeting room, Hazard KY. Address: 70 Morton Boulevard in Hazard, KY 41701
Monday January 18th at 5:00 pm at the Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg KY. Address: 50 Hal Rogers Drive, Prestonsburg KY 41653
Horse owners may attend any of the sessions that are convenient to their schedules. The work group will briefly explain the initial concept of the Center, but most of the time will be spent hearing HORSE OWNERS thoughts of what HORSE OWNERS want it to become.
There will be a series of meetings open to the general public in February to present the plan. We first want to hear from the horse owners what they would like to see at the Center.
We are in the process of evaluating sites for the Appalachian Horse Center, in a number of counties within Eastern Kentucky, particularly the coal-impacted area. This area is where the most free-roaming horses are found, and is most convenient for visitors, students, individuals who will receive equine-assisted activities, and the community. This mountainous area is beautiful, with a combination of forested valleys, creeks and flat pasture-like fields from reclaimed coal land that now are growing grass as well as trees.
The combination of horse herds, mountains and valleys will make the Appalachian Horse Center a pleasure to come visit and even participate in equine and other adventure tourism activities.
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(As of January 6, 2016)