Valley Riders relocation finally approved by council

City Council finally approves Sparwood-based horseback riding group relocation after month of deliberation.

After several weeks and back-and-forth deliberations, the District of Sparwood finally gave the Valley Riders horseback riding club permission to use the old rodeo grounds.

The group had previously been denied speaking at the August 18 city council meeting, due to confusion regarding a request letter.

They were then allowed to speak at the September 2 meeting, but were only ‘unofficially’ approved for the grounds.

As of last week’s October 6 city council meeting, councillors finally gave the official go ahead to the riders.

“The Valley Riders have been working very hard with the District of Sparwood Council to try to establish an area for horse enthusiasts to have a safe and fun area to meet,” said Valley Riders President Christine Tougas.

Tougas continued that the Riders are extremely grateful for council’s support.

“We have received a great welcome and a huge amount of support from the community, especially from our town council and Mayor Halko,” said Tougas.

The Valley Riders intend to use their portion of 100 Second Ave. on a bi-weekly basis and hope to host two-day riding events and clinics to garner a community interest in riding.