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Clark County Community Planning September 14, 2009 Contact: Laurie Lebowsky, Community Planning (360) 397-2280 ext. 4544, e-mail Equestrian Advisory Group forming to explore horse opportunities Vancouver, WA - More opportunities for Clark County horse owners and riders could be identified in coming months thanks to a newly forming committee headed by Laurie Lebowsky of the Community Planning Department. The seven-member Equestrian Advisory Group will look at topics ranging from trails and events to zoning that could support equestrian-related housing developments. With an estimated 29,000 horses in local barns and fields, the Board of Clark County Commissioners directed planners to broaden recreational options for equine owners and economic development opportunities for the county. Equestrian activities include trail riding, 4-H open and breed shows, fair court, cow sorting, gaming, dressage, rodeo, drill teams, endurance riding, eventing, hunter/jumper, driving and pack trips. The group will guide development of the plan to be presented at open houses scheduled in coming months to encourage additional public review and comment. Three seats are vacant on the Equestrian Advisory Group. People interested in serving on the panel are asked to e-mail or call her at (360) 397-2280 ext. 4544.

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