The good news, Hanley said, is that it was found and purchased over the past year. The new, 40-acre site at 11407 N.E. 174th Circle is only about four miles north of the previous location, near Meadow Glade and Brush Prairie.
“It’s huge and cool,” Hanley said, but it’s also completely undeveloped. “Forty acres of raw land,” upon which the Saddle Club means to build a state-of-the-art horse arena and an internal roadway. Roadway engineering is already underway now, Hanley said.
Between the purchase price and new construction, “It’ll end up being about a $3 million project,” Hanley said. The previous property was sold for $2.5 million, according to Clark County property records, and the new one purchased for about $767,000. The club has already sunk plenty of that cash into preliminary engineering and permitting, Hanley said, and it’s not certain right now how quickly construction on the project can proceed.
“We’ll just have a lot of fundraisers,” he said.
The Clark County Saddle Club has approximately 500 dues-paying members, Hanley said, and hosts routine weekly events like team roping and barrel racing. “We are still leasing the grounds back,” so those events have continued, he said, but at some point all that will stop.
In recent years the four-day Vancouver Rodeo has drawn as many as 12,000 spectators and 500 participants, he said.
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