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Plan for horse show facility approved

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Gazette Staff
August 12, 2009
— The Lyons Town Board on Monday approved a rezone request and conditional-use permit for a proposed horse show facility on 115 acres near the intersection of Highway 50 and Back Road.

Mark Knauer of Geneva Show Productions wanted to rezone the land from A-1, prime agricultural land, to A-2, agricultural suitable for a commercial stable.


The Walworth County zoning agency now must approve the plan. The group likely will take up the plan at its meeting Sept. 17.


Knauer said he is planning a "world class" facility for AA-rated shows sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation. The rating is the highest given by the organization.


The facility would include show arenas, horse holding and handling areas and parking.


Knauer plans to host horse shows six weeks out of the year—three weeks in late spring and three weeks in early fall. The facility also could be used for other events, including smaller horse shows in the summer.


Knauer said the project is estimated to cost $3 million to $3.5 million and is expected to generate $8 million to $10 million in lodging, eating and shopping.


Construction on the facility is expected to begin in the fall, he said.



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