House passes bill expanding Horse Park Authority
The House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a measure to allow a Central Washington attraction to seek more involvement in its activities. House Bill 1419, sponsored by Reps. Judy Warnick and Matt Manweller, would expand the membership of the Washington State Horse Park Authority from seven to 11 people.
“I've been honored to be a member of the Horse Park Authority and promoting this great statewide attraction. It has been a great way to bring together horse enthusiasts to share in riding, entertaining and competing with their horses,” said Warnick, R-Moses Lake. “This bill will help consolidate the authority and the foundation to the same purpose and with the same functions so we can more effectively promote and fundraise for the park.” The Washington State Horse Park was established through legislation in 1995 and is located in Cle Elum. Its mission is to “design, build, operate and maintain the premier equestrian facility in the Northwest serving the recreational, competitive and educational needs of riders and horse enthusiasts in all disciplines, age groups and skill levels.” “Those who serve on the board told us they needed more people to help manage and promote the horse park, and I believe in what they are doing,” said Manweller, R-Ellensburg. “The park is an important part of the myriad of recreational opportunities people find in Central Washington, and it attracts visitors from around the Northwest. I look forward to seeing the bill become law so the park can do even more.” The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.
###Washington State House Republican Communications