Moir Park & Horsemen: 0050.0011

HORSEMEN SEEK USE OF MOIR PARK FOR SHOWS. –

            Moir Park, not in use for a number of years, could once again become a beehive of activity as an exhibition and fairground.

            A delegation from the Kootenay Light Horse Show Association and the Maverick Riding Club,  representing approximately 200 area horsemen, appeared before city council to request permission to develop Moir park for use on a permanent basis.

            Mrs. B.M. Haras, president of the Kootenay Light Horse Association, presented a brief to council seeking use of the park.

            She pointed out that the grounds presently under use are required by the owner for his business operations.  “As a result there will be no facilities for horsemen in the Cranbrook area,” she said.

            The group involved organize various gymkhanas, clinics and a two-day Canadian Horse Show Association recognized show.  “These activities provide family recreation for all ages ranging from five years and up.”

            The major gymkhana last year attracted about 200 competitors, half of whom were from outside a radius of 50 miles from Cranbrook, including entries from Calgary, the Crows Nest area, Golden, West Kootenay and U.S. points.

            “To support this show, area businessmen and supporters have already donated over $1,000 worth of trophies,” said the brief, “and this year over $400 worth of advertising has been purchased in our programs.

            “For this show, approximately $1,200 was spent with local merchants for concessions, and out of town competitors also spent large amounts of money in this area.”

            This year’s show is scheduled for July 12 and 13 “and unless a reasonable show ground is made available there is the possibility that Cranbrook may lose this show.”

            The brief also pointed out that should council allow development of the park on a permanent basis large grants are now available from the provincial department of agriculture, providing certain conditions set by the department are met.

            “For the present, members of the association would be willing to develop the park if the council would be willing to have power and water made available and undertake the construction of either a partial or complete fence in front of the stands,” said the brief.

            Mrs. Haras felt the park could be used for other purposes such as auto races, with no conflict.

            The matter was referred to the Recreation Department for “prompt study,” and a report to council.

0050.0011: Moir Park & Horsemen

Newspaper article delegation from Kootenay Light Horse Show Association and Maverick Riding Club requested permission from Cranbrook City Council to develop Moir park for their use as well as for others to use.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  April 2, 1969
Pages:  2
Publisher:  Cranbrook Courier
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)

Keywords:

horsemen park exhibition fairground association riding club city council develop gymkhanas clinics competitors trophies show ground

Subjects:

People arrow Harasarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Parks, Monuments arrow Moir Parkarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Utilities arrow Electricalarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Utilities arrow Waterarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Governance arrow Councilarrow
Associations arrow Kootenay Light Horse Show Ass.arrow
Associations arrow Maverick Riding Clubarrow

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