Clinton G. Depew, Roberts, Kenneth J., Coolman, Denise | 6/22/2005 9:20:36 PM
WEST MONROE – About 600 4-H and FFA members will come to Northeast Louisiana in July for the first LSU AgCenter State Horse Show to be held in the area.
Formerly held on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, the show, which is set for July 11-16 this year, was moved because part of the facilities used to hold it in Baton Rouge were torn down to make way for the Louisiana Emerging Technologies Center. Building that facility next to the Parker Agricultural Coliseum on the campus in Baton Rouge made the remaining space inadequate to host the state horse show, organizers say.
"We have between 500 and 600 kids and horses that participate in the state show," said Dr. Clint Depew of the LSU AgCenter’s Animal Sciences Department. "The present facility in Baton Rouge only houses about 300 horses. After negotiations with staff at the Ike Hamilton Exposition Center and the West Monroe Chamber of Commerce, we decided to move the show to West Monroe."
Depew said the Hamilton Exposition Center is the "ideal" place for the show because it has an air-conditioned coliseum, about 600 stalls and two additional arenas under one roof.
"They also have better parking and RV space than the LSU facility," he said. "And the local motels and restaurants have been very cooperative in accommodating us."
Dr. Ken Roberts, associate vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter, said the staff at the Ike Hamilton Exposition Center put together a "wonderful proposal" for the LSU AgCenter.
"Leadership from the Monroe/West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau resulted in some financial support as a further inducement," Roberts said. "The teamwork of Ike Hamilton Exposition Center and the Convention and Visitors Bureau resulted in an offer that will bring young competitors, their families and, of course, the horses to the area.
"As a result, the LSU AgCenter faculty and exhibitors are excited about the new venue. The agreement will also be in place for the 2006 and 2007 state horse shows."
Dates for the 2005 LSU AgCenter 4-H and FFA Horse Show at the Ike Hamilton Center are July 11-16. Events are planned for the full week and include roping, team penning, pole bending, western events, hunter events, showmanship and the Premier Exhibitor Contest.
In addition, there will be a quiz bowl, public speaking contests and an awards banquet for participants.
For more information, go to www.lsuagcenter.com.
Clint Depew at (225) 578-2219 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenneth Roberts a (225) 578-2391 or email@example.com
A. Denise Coolman at (318) 547-0921 or firstname.lastname@example.org