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New equestrian center coming to Camp Pioneer

October 29, 2012
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Camp Pioneer in Beverly is receiving a facelift on its lower site as the ground is being prepared for the creation of an equestrian center.

Tracy Walker, director of the project, said the steel structure will be 120 by 250 feet, open-sided and will feature lights inside. Presently, only preparation of the ground is underway, but she said construction of the building will take place soon, with plans to complete the project by spring.

"This will be one of the primary riding arenas in the state," Walker said.

Article Photos

The Inter-Mountain photo by Casey Houser
From left, Don ‘Hoot’ Gibson, Tracy Walker, 4-H Camp caretaker Marshall Snyder, Dave Matthews, Jesse Harman, Kenny Burgess, Jeff Ogden, Becky Harman, Chris See, Harry Armentrout, Seth Hornick and Randolph County Commissioner Mike Taylor stand at Camp Pioneer on Friday, where a new equestrian facility is being built. The project is being completed entirely by volunteers. Participants not pictured are Greg Mallow, Kevin Ogden and 4-H Camp Manager Donnie Pritt.

Work has only taken place for approximately a week, with six volunteers working 12 hours each day. Various equipment has been donated from Polino Contracting, including a bulldozer, excavator, backhoe, dump truck and roller, to be used through completion of the project, Walker said.

With both land preparation and building construction, the project will be completed entirely by volunteers. Walker praised their expertise, saying that each volunteer is either a retired or current professional in this line of work.

Funding for the project has been received primarily from two sources, a private donation of $250,000 and a Randolph County Commission of $25,000, Randolph County Commissioner Mike Taylor said.

The name of the private donor has not been released at this time.

In addition, Walker said Gutman Oil is providing fuel for the construction machinery at cost.

Construction of the equestrian center is part of a five-year plan for Camp Pioneer. Other scheduled improvements, to be completed when additional funding is acquired, include the expansion of camping areas and continued renovation of buildings at the site.

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