Sometimes a dollar goes a lot farther than people think.
For the Vauxhall Ag Society, a dollar will pay off their yearly lease from the Municipal District of Taber council in order to take over the former Vauxhall Saddle Club rodeo grounds. Their initial three-year term will cost a total of $3, following a decision by council during their July 22 meeting.
Council had originally asked the society to clarify their intentions for the land, after the previous leaseholder vacated their lease.
Carol Jones, a member of the society, then issued a letter to council indicating the goals of the society in leasing the grounds.
“We feel that by leasing the rodeo grounds, we can promote the western way of life,” Jones said. “We would like to see the facility used for recreational riding and horsemanship clinics.”
Jones also said there were 4-H clubs in the area who would be interested in using the facilities in order to practice riding, and to host horse show events and gymkanas.
“They wouldn’t have to trailer their horses to Taber for every practice,” Jones indicated.
Additionally, there are people interested in using the property for recreational roping, and Jones indicated they could host their events locally and not have to leave the community.
“We think these things would help to make our community a better place to live,” Jones indicated.
“We would like to see the rodeo grounds open and usable for the people in Vauxhall and the surrounding communities.”
Following discussion, council passed a motion to accept a lease agreement between the Vauxhall Ag Society and the M.D. to lease the rodeo grounds for $1 per year for three years.