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Practice Ring Improvements Begun At Eastern States

Eastern States Exposition (ESE), West Springfield, Mass., has put forth a two-year plan to reconstruct the two outdoor horse rings adjacent to C-Barn with work on Phase 1 of the plan already underway.

Exposition officials enlisted the expertise of J. Blake Alder of Germantown, Tenn., who made sweeping recommendations to upgrade and maintain the rings. Each will be completely re-built from the base to the footing, and drainage will be addressed. Furthermore, an ongoing daily and bi-annual maintenance plan will be put into place.

Work began April 5 on the 60’ by 165’ ring between the Coliseum and C-Barn to be completed in time for UPHA’s Spring Premiere Horse Show later this month. Phase 2 of the project will entail reconstruction of the 60’ by 190’ ring on the north side of C-Barn in 2011.

Wayne McCary, president and CEO of ESE, said, "I am confident that these improvements will address previous concerns and enhance the show experience at Eastern States Exposition. This is a major undertaking and a significant portion of the capital improvement budget for our facility."

He added, "We are making an investment in the future of horse shows and events at our facility."

ESE is the site of the Eastern States Exposition Horse Show held during The Big E in September and a number of horse shows and equine events held April through November. The Big E takes place Sept. 17–Oct. 3, 2010. For more information, please visit

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