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|Open Letter to the Media|
July 6, 2012 — Equine Canada is alarmed to learn that the Nepean National Equestrian Park, the only municipally run equestrian park of its kind in Canada, could be closing as early as the end of this year.
‘The Park’ as it has affectionately become known, has served the community well since opening its doors in 1986 by the former City of Nepean. It has provided an opportunity for children and adults alike to experience the wonder of horses and to learn a sport which often becomes a life-long passion. It has made the sport more broadly accessible to the urban enthusiast, and for that we are very thankful and appreciative.
As the national ‘voice of the horse’ and the sport in Canada, we know firsthand how intrinsic these kinds of facilities are to the long-term development of our sport and our athletes. Many Ottawa-area citizens, including many in the disabled community, have learned how to ride at the Park, were able to compete at the Park and then returned to volunteer in one of the many shows throughout the years.
The Park also provided a wonderful venue from which world-class showing Jumping, Eventing, Dressage and Para- dressage competitions could be held, and enjoyed by the citizens of Ottawa. These events also brought in valuable visitor dollars to our city.
We believe the Nation’s Capital is the right place for a world-class equestrian facility and strongly hope and encourage the National Capital Commission to keep the Park a welcoming place for horses, riders, coaches and show organizers. We would welcome an opportunity to offer whatever assistance we can, in its efforts.