South Point Equestrian Center honored as ‘Facility of the Year’
Allow them to get up on their high horse and crow a bit — the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center has been named “Facility of the Year” by the League of Agricultural and Equine Centers.
Awarded for excellence in the management and operation of an equestrian venue, the honor recognizes that South Point “exemplifies those attributes,” said Jennifer Bexley, chairwoman of the league’s awards committee. “South Point’s motto is, ‘Find a way to say yes.’ And both the awards committee and the entire Board of the League were impressed with their application and examples in ways they say yes to facilitate memorable events at their facility.”
South Point’s arena spans 240,000 feet of event space with a trio of climate-controlled arenas, plus 4,500 seats in the main arena and two arenas in the Priefert Pavilion. The Equestrian Center also features a vet clinic, a feed store and the Cinch Saloon. Adjacent to 1,200 climate-controlled stalls is a horse valet, and the stall areas offer 24-hour security monitoring.
As part of a two-year multimillion-dollar expansion, the complex added new LED lighting throughout the arenas and barns, a state-of-the-art video board and 25-plus acres of horse-trailer parking. The Equestrian Center is scheduled to host more than 40 weeks of equestrian events this year.
“Michael and Paula Gaughan had a very clear vision for this property since the beginning, and it was to create a one-of-a-kind facility that would not only help expand the equestrian industry but also serve as a home away from home for the participants and their animals,” said Steve Stallworth, the center/arena’s general manager, in a statement.