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. Just this week, our project came before the City of Seaside Board of Architectural Review which recommended that it be moved on to the Seaside Planning Commission. From there we will go before the Seaside City Council for project approval. This is great news, and the next couple of months are critical.
The Harden Foundation has given our project a generous $20,000.00 matching fund grant that expires September 30, 2016. Up to that date, they will match us dollar for dollar. Please give now. Your donation is necessary to realize our shared dream of a world class venue for equine competition on the Central Coast. In addition to this, the Monterey Horse Park is expected to energize the economies of both Seaside and the County of Monterey.
We can only do this with your help. While we love large donations, no donation is too small, all will make a difference and all are greatly appreciated. $10 becomes $20, $50 becomes $100 — you get the drift.
Alternately, you can send a check to Monterey Horse Park, P.O. Box 7267, Spreckels, CA 93962.
Thank you for your serious consideration.
Directors of the Monterey Horse Park
The Monterey Horse Park (Federal Tax ID# 77-0575982) is a 501(c)(3) corporation, and your donation will be tax-deductible within the limits of the law.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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