An ambitious plan for an inclusive, multi-disciplinary equine, equestrian, and agricultural center located in Jefferson County, West Virginia and serving the mid-Atlantic region
The purpose of the Shenandoah Horse Park & Agricultural Center is to provide a multi-use equine and agricultural facility encouraging tourism, local and state economic development, recreation, and environmental education opportunities.
This endeavor is being led by a small group of people interested in equestrian sport, agriculture, land preservation, and economic development in Jefferson County, WV and the surrounding areas. There is presently not a facility of this kind in a 100-mile radius and the interest and need has been verified through a preliminary study and survey.
The next step on the path of making SHPAC a reality is to conduct an in-depth feasibility study on possible locations, level of utilization, stakeholders, and how the market will support facility income. This study and a subsequent business plan will cost approximately $35,000.
Our Vision for the park is similar to www.ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/agcenters/eastern/
The Shenandoah Horse Park & Agricultural Center will serve:
Horses & Horsemen
The Park will create an area for equestrian activities and competitions for western, English, and trail and pleasure. The facility may include a coliseum, covered arena with spectator seating, outdoor competition and training rings, cross country course, dressage arena, all-weather gallop, and barns.
Education & Preservation Initiatives
The Park has the potential to cultivate research and educational projects and provide a facility to conduct and share these initiatives. The Park will preserve open space and create a model for environmental sensitivity and land conservation.
The Park will provide opportunities and facilities to support agriculture and agri-tourism industries by bringing together farmers, producers, purchasers, and distributors.
The Park will provide a year-round attraction for residents and visitors to the area and serve as a generator of tourism and economic growth.