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mm weunesoay, Jan./a, zoul Fair/News issue By I/ll ,. ia Metca r Staff Wnter When the horse arena move and redesign issue once again reared its head before the Plumas-Sierra County Fair Board of Directors, members of one horse group were reined in as decisions were mapped out. Three representatives of the Plumas County Horseman's Association listened Wednesday, Jan. 17, as Fair Manager Mike Clements explained the new location for one of two corrals at the west end of the fairgrounds. Following his comments, they voiced more concerns about the move. In an effort to accommodate more events and more people, Clements began looking to move the smaller round arena to a more suitable location on the fairgrounds. After months of negotiations with the two horse groups involved--the Plumas County Horseman's Association and an off-shoot of that organiza- tion, the High Sierra Riders-- Clements finally determined that a 97 by 116 foot octagonal arena, in a new location on the west end, would serve the now being called the Plumas-fairgrounds, $65,000 of that is Sierra Equestrian Center, for in maintenance. purposes of clarification. Nelson said he would like to Clements said. see the fair become involved in Referring to the most recentmore events, and "'can't limit meeting between the Plumas it to one group." County Horseman's "I'm one sapern'isor, not the Association, Clements. and whole group," Nelson said. four directors on Dec. 18, He added he has some sug- Director Carol Viscarra asked gestions about the fairgrounds if the new size of the arena when budget hearings begin. would meet with CHSRA "I won't hold your feet to the requirements, fire. I believe the board has an Clements responded that, obligation to the grounds." although the horseman's asso- Nelson said he sees the ciation contacted one of the opportunities the fairgrounds CHSRA coordinators about the brings to the county. arena size, he had a memo As Viscarra listened to the from him stating the arena is exchange, she pointed out that adequate, the equestrian community has Clements said what is really an agreement which allows needed to settle problems with them an accessible arena on the horseman's association is the fairgrounds. "The eques- a new member of understand- trian community needs a little ing (MOU). more assurance than any Tom, When the association was Dick or Harry," she said. moved from the former Sally Bruce Robinson, a member Alexander arena near the East of the horseman's association, Quincy Little League field to addressed the board, saying the fairgrounds, Clements said that one of his concerns is the then supervisors Phil decline in the number of days Bresciani and Bill Coates the group will be permitted to apparently hurriedly drafted use the facility. the existing MOU. Robinson said his group is "Since that time (Dec. 18 seeking protection: its original meeting), I've met with Julia intent to offer a place to ride. a (Coleman) with County safe place for young riders and New name m