Develop an equestrian stable, RV park, wildlife viewing stand and expand the OHV trail system to include existing road systems.
Adjacent to the Sutton property is land owned by Western Pocahontas Properties. Judge Thompson has been in contact with them and they are agreeable to allowing horseback riding on their land. WPP owns approximately 42,000 acres in Knott County, so the potential for development of horseback trails is incredible. The University of Kentucky's Robinson Forest is adjacent to the Western Pocahontas Property on the west and UK has also indicated that they would be agreeable to development of horseback trails on their property. Both Robinson Forest and the WPP property extend into Breathitt County, so there is also the opportunity to create a multi-county trail system for horseback riders. This area has been identified as the Pocahontas Trail Area.
The Sassafras Trail Area, located in and around the Carr Creek Lake area in the southwest corner of the county is easily accessible from KY 15. Trail head facilities would most likely be located near that road, possibly near the intersection with KY 1088 at the Knott and Perry County line.
EQUESTRIAN TRAIL INITIATIVE
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN EQUESTRIAN INITIATIVE
Individuals have expressed strong interest in reestablishing the Knott County Horse Club that until recently, held trail rides, cookouts and overnight camping trips that drew as many as 200 riders to an event. To this end, a weekend ride has been planned the first weekend in October 2006. Already the positive response from the horse community has been overwhelming. One individual who has been offering riding lessons in the area has developed a business plan to expand her business in anticipation of the renewed interest in horseback riding in the area.
CONCEPT DESIGNS FOR EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES.
CONCEPT NUMBER 1. This complex that was built two years ago for less than $100,000. Metal and wood mixed although all metal would not have been that much more. The facility is only 100 x 60 which is probably not large enough but at least it is a place to start.
STABLE DESIGN CONCEPT NUMBER 2. Another equestrian center located on the Tennessee/Kentucky border in Whitley City which many other horse handlers thought that if there were designing a facility, this is what they would build. It is 176'x56' with 18 (12'x12') stalls in the center and a 16' wide indoor ring. Above the stalls is the hayloft. All natural lighting simply done on the sides and roof excep in the tack room area which is fluorescent.
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POSSIBLE SITE FOR RV PARK
concept ideas to include pads, water/electrical hookups, showers. Possible Site - see below.
Concept Idea for RV Park.
WMTH CORPORATION PO BOX 51153 BOWLING GREEN, KY 42102 PHONE (270) 781-6858 FAX 781-2949