The Journal reports that Mesa del Sol may be the site of a new Equestrian Center. The center, the Journal says, is the "centerpiece" of Richardson's plan to boost participation in horse sports. But a centerpiece sits on a table and this one wobbles.
The horse industry and rodeo are not in decline because of a shortage of arenas. Sally didn't sell the palamino because they changed the name to Expo or because she didn't like driving the horsetrailer up Lomas.
Fewer and fewer people are engaged in owning and riding horses. One reason is related to casinos killing horse racing ::Hello? Mr. Blanchard?:: That hurts associated businesses that all horsekeepers depend on. Urban growth and subdivisions make horse ownership in the setting where it flourishes best with youth - the backyard - a declining proposition as well.
Equestrians have asked the Governor for things before - things like trail connections and access to open space, supportive laws and local infrastructure that would benefit everyone, like safe trails and road crossings. We need education programs like 4-H to teach ag arts to kids and equestrian programs at the colleges (and jails). We need support for viable agricultural traditions and economies unique to the State.
Who is asking for a $20 million rodeo venue? How does support for the construction industry benefit rodeo?