Proposal could revive horse industry

By 1075 Beach Radio News/ Pete McIntyre
July 10, 2018 - 5:15pm

VERNON — Horse enthusiasts in the Okanagan are getting excited about a plan to resurrect horse racing and equestrian events in the BC Interior.

Okanagan Equestrian Society president Robyn Dalziel says a man by the name of Jim Cornelius plans to use the Kamloops Exhibition Association grounds for the events, starting with exhibition horse racing this fall.

“All of the breeders in the Okanagan that have backed off breeding, can go ahead and breed their horses. And if we resurrect the horse industry, that is the truck and trailer sales, the tires sales, the farriers and the feed farmers,” Dalziel tells Beach Radio News.

Dalziel says Cornelius is open to all types of events.

“The reigning championships, bull-dogging, three day eventing, show jumping, barrel racing. It’s going to be the equine capital of BC.”

Dalziel says up to 22 horse racing events could be held at the venue next year.

Dalziel says this type of facility is what their club had planned for Kin Race Track in Vernon, but she says the City and regional district weren’t on board with it.

“We had plans to turn Vernon into an equine centre, and Kamloops is now going to be the equine centre for BC, so Vernon has missed the boat.”

She says their society is still going ahead with an appeal of a legal judgement over usage of Kin Race Track, due to what she feels was an legal error in the judgement.

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