riding ring

Gate at south end of riding ring

I received the following update from Sue Gibbons:

Please find attached photo of the gate that we installed this weekend at the south end of the riding ring. Thank you so much to Stu Kulak who did most of the work, had all the right tools and made sure it was stronger than Fort Knox!!! The addition of the gate at the south end is to encourage riders to use the road up to the ring (not ride through the park), and they now have options of entering the ring from the south end or riding through the trees to the north gate. More raking and leveling at the south end gate is probably still required, so maybe someone else can pitch in to assist.

The Area F Parks Commission has helped in the past fund some of the upgrades to the riding ring.  It is gratifying when the users of the facility invest their own time and energy into this unique neighborhood asset.

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Bud Butler Equistrian Arena

Rules for West Bench Riding Ring Users

The West Bench riding ring is a community facility owned by the RDOS, but maintained primarily by those who use it.  The following is for the guidance of the latter group in particular to spread the responsibility for keeping the ring in good condition and to avoid irritation and unpleasantness among users.

While the ring is a community facility, it was not built for all possible horse activities.  The surface is not suitable for activities such as barrel racing or ones involving moves such as sliding stops, and using it in these ways will do serious damage to the surface, especially the quite expensive material along the boards and out for about six feet (see below ** for description of this material).

Please do not ride or walk your horse across the park grass.  Go up the road at the south end and either enter their or take the path through the trees to the north entrance. 

Riding ring signage

The sign for the Bud Butler Equestrian Area (at the west end of Selby Park) was installed today. It was donated by Structurlam.

The purpose of the sign is to draw residents' attention to the fact that we have a very nice public riding ring in Selby Park.  Horse owners on the West Bench make frequent use of the facility.

As for the history, Sue Gibbons contributed the following:

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