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What’s Next for the Monterey Horse Park?

We’ve had many questions regarding the recent Monterey Downs events. Primarily, “how does this effect the Monterey Horse Park?”

The short answer is that we’re not sure. We know that, in the face of law suits by KFOW and Landwatch, the City of Seaside decided to rescind their approvals of the General Plan and Specific Plan, to de-certify the EIR, and to send the projects back to the Seaside Planning Commission for modifications.

Woo-hoo! EIR Certified!

Thursday was a huge step toward our dream of a Horse Park. The Seaside City Council certified the EIR. They also approved the Specific Plan and the General Plan, which will require a second vote November 17.

Horse Parks in Western States

Over the past 20 years, horse parks in other Western States have contributed greatly to their communities. There is much more information regarding the economic impact of horse parks on local communities. Soon let’s be reading about the impact of the Monterey Horse Park on Seaside!

Significant Impact of the Horse Show Industry

For anyone who has participated in a horse show, be it at the national, state or local level, there is no doubt that these activities generate a lot of money. The American Horse Council’s Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States study includes some impressive statistics that confirm the significant impact of the horse show industry.

Oklahoma City: State Fair Park

Home to more equine events than any other city in the world, Oklahoma City is the venue of choice for more than a dozen top national and world championship horse shows, attracting riders from across the nation – and world – each year.
Not only do Oklahoma City horse shows provide family fun entertainment, they make a substantial contribution to the city’s economy.

Florida Horse Park Economic Study

Horse Shows in the Sun, Inc. is pleased to release the results of an extensive economic impact study of their 2014 horse show series held each January – March at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida.

Don’t Ignore the Data!

Horse Shows in the Sun located in Thermal, CA is a seasonal venue offering a series of 8 horse shows each winter. Each week brings 3000 horses, 10,500 horsemen and horsewomen and 25,000 spectators to Thermal. Most importantly, $120,000,000 is added annually to the local economy in money spent on food, lodging, living expenses and entertainment. Imagine what a year round facility such as the Monterey Horse Park could bring in!

EIR Certification Vote Continued

This Thursday, November 10, the EIR Certification will once again come before the Seaside City Council and this time we hope there will be a vote.

Meeting Continued

Thursday night’s Seaside City Council meeting was well attended by numerous MHP supporters and board members. A number of persons from the hospitality industry, real estate, and chambers of commerce spoke in favor of the three projects, as well as private citizens of Seaside. The Mayor and Council were forced to continue the meeting to November 10 due to a last minute legal submission of a multiple page document, but we remain optimistic and will keep you informed.

The Biggest Meeting of All

FIRST ROUND OF COUNCIL VOTES. We need every Horse Park supporter to demonstrate their support! Click through to RSVP or send a supportive email.

Economic Impact of Monterey Horse Park

Horse Parks are the wave of the future across the nation. Over half of our states have horse parks, many funded by the state itself. Horse Parks provide millions of dollars in revenue to their communities.

Continuation of Study Session

The Monterey Horse Park and the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery project will be the focus as the Seaside City Council continues a study session on Wednesday, Oct 5. The special council meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave., will feature presentations from city staff, the environmental impact report consultant and the project applicant. It will allow public comment regarding the projects and city council discussion, questions and direction to city staff.

Seaside City Council to Conduct Monterey Downs Study Session

The Monterey Horse Park and the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery project will be the focus as the Seaside City Council conducts a study session on Thursday. The special council meeting at 7 p.m. at the Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave., will feature presentations from city staff, the environmental impact report consultant and the project applicant. It will allow public comment regarding the projects and city council discussion, questions and direction to city staff.

Matching Grant Met

Through the amazing generosity and unyielding belief in the Monterey Horse Park by our supporters, we are thrilled to announce that we have received the needed monies for the Harden Foundation Matching Grant.

The good news continues and we’re moving forward!

The Seaside Planning Commission voted Wednesday evening to move the EIR Certification forward to the Seaside City Council. This is it. This is what we’ve been waiting for. Now is the time for every MHP supporter to demonstrate their support!

Myron E. “Doc” Etienne, Jr.

Doc, among his many civic activities, was an active and enthusiastic proponent of the Monterey Horse Park, serving with distinction on our board for many years. He was a giant in the community and will be missed.

Exciting News for MHP Supporters

The Monterey Horse Park Board is excited to report real progress on project approval: last month, our EIR was released to the Seaside City Council, and this has set the approval process in motion.

Final EIR Released!

The Monterey Horse Park and the remaining phases of the Veterans Cemetery are a part of the overall Monterey Downs Environmental Impact Review which is currently being released. We are excited that it’s been made public and look forward to its approval by the Seaside City Council.

Setting the Record Straight

ON THE EVE OF LOCAL ELECTIONS, A LETTER FROM DIRECTOR DR. EASTMAN: Dear Neighbors, In past elections our candidates, for the most part, run positive campaigns that highlight their achievements instead of bashing other candidates.

Driving Hope Forward

THE MONTEREY HORSE PARK looks forward to hosting many events like this: last week, the USDFD and the Triumph Foundation hosted a Para-Driving Clinic in Moorpark, introducing 22 individuals with spinal cord injuries to the exciting sport of carriage driving.

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