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Landowners of the Equestrian Preserve promotes more EP signage, creating safety guidelines

Written by: Angie Francalancia
Client: The Landowners of the Equestrian Preserve
Release Date: 2013-04-04

WELLINGTON - Landowners of the Equestrian Preserve has agreed to create and distribute a set of guidelines for equestrians, including such mottos as “no texting while riding” in an effort for equestrians to do their part toward safety.

The organization met recently at the Wellington Equestrian Gallery and discussed several topics of importance, including new signage marking the Equestrian Preserve, golf carts, and a new mandate for devices to keep horse hair out of drain fields.

LOEP also is asking that members complete a survey to help determine the issues of importance to landowners. Surveys are available at Van Dell Jewelers in the Courtyard Shoppes.  The survey asks landowners to list the major issues the group should address. LOEP also is soliciting members to participate on several committees: roads and trails, zoning and permitting, EOZD rules and regulations, code compliance, and emerging issues.

The group agreed that horse etiquette needed to be observed by both riders and drivers to promote safety within the Equestrian Preserve. A committee will work on the guidelines, such as not blocking the road while riding, and no texting while riding. Members agreed the document would be distributed electronically so each could print copies to post in their barns.

Co-chairs Houston Meigs and Marrell Jerkins reported on the issues arising at Wellington’s Equestrian Preservation Committee meeting.

“The Equestrian Preserve Committee approved our proposal as it relates to signage at various points in the preserve that tells drivers they’re in the preserve, and they decided to move this up the line to the council,” Meigs said.

Jerkins reported on the Equestrian Preserve Committee’s progress getting gold cart paths through the Equestrian Preserve and finding a way to make the mandatory horse hair interceptors more workable for small farms.

Horse hair interceptors work like pool filters, catching hair before it enters a drain field, Jerkins explained, adding that they are mandatory on new septic systems. The major problem, he said, is that each requires a distance of 150 feet from any water body or well field. Wellington’s staff has agreed to work with Jerkins and other equestrian builders to discuss ways to make the devices less-onerous to equestrians.

Wellington also is working to create paths for exclusive use by golf carts, separate from both bridle trails and roads, explained Cynthia Gardner, a LOEP member and chair of the Equestrian Preserve Committee.

“In some areas, you’ll be able to drive on the road. In others, there will be designated golf cart trails,” she said. “There’s a lot of things that have to be worked out, and quite frankly, your input is invaluable.”

Van Dell encouraged members to attend the Equestrian Preserve Committee meetings and council meetings so the council will know the members concerns.

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