The Alameda County Fairgrounds took a hit in 2018 when the house had to shut down as a calendar year-spherical education facility for horse racing.
The official assertion from the reasonable officials said, “The year-spherical facility for race horses was closed around 2018 because of to deficiency of field funding. The sector no for a longer time desired an auxiliary coaching monitor to support calendar year-spherical racing at Golden Gates Fields due to the decreased thoroughbred horse inhabitants.”
The backstory incredibly couple of are inclined to publicly discuss is it fell target to political energy-plays by teams who have their have agenda, just one that is not in the very best interest of the sport.
The chest-thumping of these teams and unwillingness to get the job done alongside one another for the sport and the people today in the marketplace led to the downfall of Pleasanton remaining a 12 months-spherical facility.
Pleasanton lost a series of trainers that had to shut down their longtime functions. A few went to Golden Gate Fields, but other individuals took their stables to another condition or just still left the market altogether.
And the thoroughbred horse population in Northern California reduced even far more.
The victims ended up the family members that depended on the Pleasanton facility, as perfectly as the fairgrounds people today that busted their humps to offer a great instruction centre. These are the men and women that certainly like horse racing and the folks included in the business.
The shutdown of the education facility still left the fairgrounds with a good-sized barn place that was heading to be made use of probably two to 3 months a 12 months, while sitting down dormant the rest of the yr.
After the closure of the coaching facility, the Alameda County Reasonable Affiliation, below the guidance of CEO Jerome Hoban, manufactured the expense in producing a horse display facility to serve the greater region and to utilize the about 600 stalls the remaining element of the 12 months when the association is not actively functioning a race meet throughout the honest.
The fruition of the task came when the Pleasanton Equestrian Center opened in 2019.
“We have superior hopes that our investment decision in this stunning facility will enable it come to be a leading horse present facility in the coming several years,” Hoban claimed. “We feel it fits perfectly with our mission of retaining agriculture appropriate in the better Bay Spot and will be a excellent location for equestrian enthusiast.”
It can be a beautiful facility replacing what had turn out to be an eyesore, capture-all storage place.
What stands now is a attractive heart that characteristics 3 display arenas to entire the 600 permanent stalls. The “PEC” also has a complete soar established.
Hence considerably, there have been 10-15 gatherings held including the Silicon Valley Horse Show.
It tends to make for a fantastic situations center provided the ample space for auto and trailer parking, with RV hookups obtainable. For spectators, there are garden seating and bleachers offered.
Talk about earning the finest of a poor problem. Hoban and his group at the Alameda County Fairgrounds should have significant props for the challenge that claims exciting, frequently scheduled gatherings that market the magnificence that is equestrian competitions.
Editor’s notice: Dennis Miller is a contributing sports author for the Pleasanton Weekly. To get hold of him about his “Pleasanton Preps” column, e mail [email protected]