Could the future of Fairplex involve horses, cars and job opportunities? – California News

Could the future of Fairplex involve horses, cars and job opportunities? – California News

POMONA >> Horses and fast cars have long been part of the history of Fairplex.

Automotive “trials of speed” were on the mind of the founders of the L.A. County Fair and were written into the Los Angeles County Fair Association’s articles of incorporation, said Dale Coleman, vice president of sales and creative programing at Fairplex.

Horses and various equine activities have also been closely connected to Fairplex for decades and those who have long been involved in some aspect of breeding, training, showing or owning horses said recently the animals deserve to have a greater presence at Fairplex.

Both matters were among four topics discussed Thursday during two brainstorming sessions at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center. The sessions are part of the Fair Association’s strategic planning process, an exercise designed to help craft a vision for the future of Fairplex. Crafting the vision comes as the 100th anniversary of the first L.A. County Fair approaches.

When it comes to horses, Fairplex is a place that is well suited for equine programs and activities, said Scott Dunn, a member of Cal Poly Pomona President’s Arabian Advisory Committee.

“Fairplex is a very versatile campus,” Dunn said.

Over the years, Fairplex moved away from some horse activities, but they can be brought back, he said.

“Why not have a world class horse show facility?” Dunn asked.

California has the second largest horse population in the country, he said. Members of the public, particularly parents, are looking for wholesome activities to take part in as a family. If Fairplex increased its equine shows, families will turn out,…

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