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January 22, 2009
So the Orange County Fair wants to pave paradise (the equestrian center) and put up a parking lot. How ironic, given that the fair touts a “country” theme and is one of the few remaining open spaces in coastal central Orange County for horse lovers to go. Little by little, this county has been paved over. Once this unique facility is just a memory, children who dream of one day having an equestrian career won’t be able to watch horses, much less learn how to care for them and hone their skills.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | August 12, 2011
Michele Ryan has lunch once a month at a dusty, makeshift restaurant with dining companions who have little understanding of table manners. She wouldn't have it any other way. Ryan, who owns two horses at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, is among the regulars every second Saturday at Have Lunch with Your Horse Day. The fundraiser, hosted by the nonprofit Red Bucket Equine Rescue, invites owners and other members of the public...
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By Alan Blank | January 22, 2009
The Orange County Fair and Events Center Board of Directors voted Thursday to go forward with an environmental study to determine the future of the 7.5-acre Equestrian Center, which left horse lovers apprehensive but hopeful that officials won’t opt to convert the land to parking. Horse enthusiasts, trainers and community members came out in force to lobby the board to save the equestrian center, packing all of the sitting and standing space in the Memorial Gardens building on the fairgrounds.
NEWS
October 27, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- Dressed in her sparkly pink T-shirt and brown riding pants Colline Jolly, 7, prepared for her weekly riding lesson Friday, blissfully unaware that her horse's world was about to change. She went about her regular routine of tacking and saddling her horse, oblivious to a decision made the day before to cut the equestrian center at the Orange County fairgrounds in half. But on the sidelines, parents of other riders at Fox Point Farm in the existing equestrian center were discussing the future.
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By: Alicia Robinson | August 26, 2005
The manager of the Orange County Fairgrounds Equestrian Center, Rick Hanson, has been accused of failing to keep riding facilities clean and safe, raising tenants' rents without notice and making remarks characterized as intimidating and offensive. When some equestrian center riders and tenants leveled those charges at a fair board meeting Thursday, Hanson and some of his employees and customers denied the problems were as severe as presented. The fair board hires the manager of the equestrian center and can enforce contract terms such as those involving the condition of the facility.
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By By Alicia Robinson | October 20, 2005
Disputes with tenants 'seemingly irresolvable,' says man whose business was hired to run center in 2004.The equestrian center at the Orange County Fairgrounds could eventually be replaced with a recreational vehicle campground or a large pond, and the fair board may consider the options sooner than expected. Rick Hanson, whose family firm Equestrian Services II was hired to manage the equestrian center in 2004, told the fair board's buildings and grounds committee Wednesday he wants out of the firm's five-year contract.
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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 26, 2012
The Orange County Fair Board on Thursday approved the scope of work for a committee that will investigate the attempted sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds, expanding the committee's roster to include five members with no special interest in the property. The board agreed that the committee's work would be subject to state open-meetings laws and approved a list of 71 names of people to whom the committee should talk. The board put off until its next meeting a decision on whether to require committee members to file statements of economic interest.
NEWS
April 21, 2002
It's just not fair. Well, to be more specific, it just wouldn't be the same old Orange County Fair if it isn't held right here in Costa Mesa as it has been for more than 50 years. But moving the fair out of its longtime home is exactly what some are considering if the El Toro Marine base does indeed become annexed by the city of Irvine and turned into parkland. If that transpired, it's hard not to wince over this double curse, for it was that very same airfield that many have argued, and continue to argue, would be the best place for an airport to serve this county's burgeoning air-passenger needs.
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By Alan Blank | January 22, 2009
The Orange County Fair and Events Center board of directors voted to go forward with an environmental study to determine the future of the 7.5-acre equestrian center Thursday morning, which left horse lovers apprehensive but hopeful that officials won’t opt to convert the land to parking. Horse enthusiasts, trainers and community members came out in force to lobby the fair board to save the equestrian center, packing all of the sitting and standing space in the Memorial Gardens building on the fairgrounds.
NEWS
By Alan Blank and Brianna Bailey | February 11, 2009
Despite having no formal control over the Orange County Fair and Events Center, members of the Costa Mesa City Council have come out strongly in support of keeping the equestrian center where it is. Recently the board that controls the fairgrounds voted to start a study that will look into the possibility of removing the 7.5-acre center, where people stable their horses and take riding lessons, from the fairgrounds to make way for extra parking....
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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 26, 2012
The Orange County Fair Board on Thursday approved the scope of work for a committee that will investigate the attempted sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds, expanding the committee's roster to include five members with no special interest in the property. The board agreed that the committee's work would be subject to state open-meetings laws and approved a list of 71 names of people to whom the committee should talk. The board put off until its next meeting a decision on whether to require committee members to file statements of economic interest.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | August 12, 2011
Michele Ryan has lunch once a month at a dusty, makeshift restaurant with dining companions who have little understanding of table manners. She wouldn't have it any other way. Ryan, who owns two horses at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, is among the regulars every second Saturday at Have Lunch with Your Horse Day. The fundraiser, hosted by the nonprofit Red Bucket Equine Rescue, invites owners and other members of the public...
NEWS
By Alan Blank and Brianna Bailey | February 11, 2009
Despite having no formal control over the Orange County Fair and Events Center, members of the Costa Mesa City Council have come out strongly in support of keeping the equestrian center where it is. Recently the board that controls the fairgrounds voted to start a study that will look into the possibility of removing the 7.5-acre center, where people stable their horses and take riding lessons, from the fairgrounds to make way for extra parking....
NEWS
January 22, 2009
So the Orange County Fair wants to pave paradise (the equestrian center) and put up a parking lot. How ironic, given that the fair touts a “country” theme and is one of the few remaining open spaces in coastal central Orange County for horse lovers to go. Little by little, this county has been paved over. Once this unique facility is just a memory, children who dream of one day having an equestrian career won’t be able to watch horses, much less learn how to care for them and hone their skills.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | January 22, 2009
The Orange County Fair and Events Center board of directors voted to go forward with an environmental study to determine the future of the 7.5-acre equestrian center Thursday morning, which left horse lovers apprehensive but hopeful that officials won’t opt to convert the land to parking. Horse enthusiasts, trainers and community members came out in force to lobby the fair board to save the equestrian center, packing all of the sitting and standing space in the Memorial Gardens building on the fairgrounds.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | January 22, 2009
The Orange County Fair and Events Center Board of Directors voted Thursday to go forward with an environmental study to determine the future of the 7.5-acre Equestrian Center, which left horse lovers apprehensive but hopeful that officials won’t opt to convert the land to parking. Horse enthusiasts, trainers and community members came out in force to lobby the board to save the equestrian center, packing all of the sitting and standing space in the Memorial Gardens building on the fairgrounds.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | January 15, 2009
Many local horse owners and trainers say they wouldn’t have anywhere to go if the equestrian center at the Orange County Fairgrounds were to shut down. The 7.5-acre, ranch-style complex with a dirt floor and brown barns that stable about 160 horses serves as a training ground for enthusiasts mostly from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Irvine, but it could be on its way out if the fair board decides that the land would be better used as a parking lot for the growing number of fair visitors.
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By Alan Blank | January 12, 2009
The Orange County Fair board is discussing doing away with the equestrian center in order to make way for more parking spaces. The horse stabling and training facilities might have to leave the north end of the grounds to make room for the expansion needs of the complex as a whole, officials said. Since the center is surrounded on all sides by municipal buildings, houses and schools, the facility doesn’t have many other places to turn to satisfy its growing demand for space.
NEWS
By By Alicia Robinson | October 20, 2005
Disputes with tenants 'seemingly irresolvable,' says man whose business was hired to run center in 2004.The equestrian center at the Orange County Fairgrounds could eventually be replaced with a recreational vehicle campground or a large pond, and the fair board may consider the options sooner than expected. Rick Hanson, whose family firm Equestrian Services II was hired to manage the equestrian center in 2004, told the fair board's buildings and grounds committee Wednesday he wants out of the firm's five-year contract.
NEWS
By: Alicia Robinson | August 26, 2005
The manager of the Orange County Fairgrounds Equestrian Center, Rick Hanson, has been accused of failing to keep riding facilities clean and safe, raising tenants' rents without notice and making remarks characterized as intimidating and offensive. When some equestrian center riders and tenants leveled those charges at a fair board meeting Thursday, Hanson and some of his employees and customers denied the problems were as severe as presented. The fair board hires the manager of the equestrian center and can enforce contract terms such as those involving the condition of the facility.
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