Sapphire Skies Land Company and Other Local Cle Elum Businesses Look to Benefit from Bill Passed by State Senate to Increase Membership of the Washington State Horse Park

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On March 6th, 2013 the Washington State Senate passed house bill 1419 to increase the membership of the Washington State Park Horse Authority from 7 to 11. This increased membership will help increase Cle Elum's appeal to tourists and vacationers.

We have hundreds of miles of trails, and it’s important that folks be able to enjoy that access right from their front door and that’s what we have created here at Trailside and what the Washington State Horse Park is all about.

This week a bill supported by 13th District lawmakers to expand the membership of the Horse Park Authority near Cle Elum was signed into law. Senate Bill 5212 will increase the members on the board from seven to 11 people. It passed both the House and Senate unanimously.

The Washington State Horse Park is located just outside of Cle Elum’s city limits on 112 acres and is fast becoming the State’s most popular place for breed shows, western competitions, hunter/jumper shows, dressage competitions, three-day events, combined driving and competitive trail riding.

Cle Elum is a small, rustic town about 80 minutes east of Seattle in the Cascade Mountains. Though unassuming, this community boasts four star lodging, world class golf, four-season outdoor recreation, 600 miles of snowmobile trails, some of the state’s best fly fishing and is now drawing equestrians from across the west.

“The park positioned itself as the place in our state for equestrian events, and this measure is meant to help the Horse Park operate more efficiently, while aiding their fundraising efforts.” said Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake. “As a member of the authority, I know firsthand how we needed more people to share the development of this important park,” said Warnick, R-Moses Lake. “The Horse Park has already proven to be valuable to our area and our state as riders discover the many opportunities for enjoying the sport and competing.”

The Washington State Horse Park property was leased in 2009 from the City of Cle Elum, and the State of Washington dedicated $3.5 million in funding to be dispersed to the Horse Park Authority.

Users of the Horse Park often explore the many trails and areas in and around Cle Elum. Most areas are open to horses and riders appreciate the easy ride in and ride out experience. Sean Northrop, a local land developer and builder of the Trailside at Woods & Steele Community, reports that trail access was a major factor in that community’s design. “People come to Cle Elum and Upper Kittitas County to get outside, explore the mountains, and to enjoy the sports that they are passionate about. We have hundreds of miles of trails, and it’s important that folks be able to enjoy that access right from their front door and that’s what we have created here at Trailside and what the Washington State Horse Park is all about.”

Most trails in the Cle Elum area are open to horseback riding. If you have any questions about where to ride outside of the horse park, stop by the local Forest Service office just west of downtown Cle Elum. They have maps for purchase and can offer local advice on where to ride and what to expect on local trails.

About Sapphire Skies Land Company:
Sapphire Skies excels at providing high-quality, affordable residential land and homes that celebrate connections to the outdoors, small-town values and four-season country lifestyles. Founded in 2000 in downtown Cle Elum, Sapphire Skies is comprised of a team of individuals committed to the Upper Kittitas County community. To learn more about the homes and community at Trailside at Woods & Steele, please visit http://www.TrailsideHomes.com. For more information on Sapphire Skies please visit http://www.SapphireSkies.net.

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