Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It was a working ranch back in the 1940s and now horses are returning to Tule Springs. The nonprofit group Horses4Heroes is moving its operation to the city park. This means all of us can enjoy a month of free horse back riding, mommy and me classes, and a petting zoo.
For more than a week now, workers have been building stalls and shoveling gravel, getting Tule Springs or Floyd Lamb State Park ready for Horses4Heroes. Founder Syd Knott says, "This is an incredible opportunity to take what we've been doing for the past seven years for a small group of people and open it to the entire Las Vegas community."
None of this would be happening if it weren't for the Associated General Contractors of America. Their national convention is in Vegas right now and they chose this project as their charitable outreach. We asked Guy Martin, vice president of Martin Harris Construction, if it was hard finding local contractors to do the work. "No. Good causes never have a hard time finding good help. And this is no exception."
AGC is improving the arena, building a petting zoo and the stalls for the horses. Their efforts are making it possible to bring these majestic animals back to Tule Springs where Syd says they belong. "Horses have been part of Floyd Lamb Park forever. It's been part of our Western heritage forever. We're just so excited to be able to bring horses back to Floyd Lamb Park."
The ribbon cutting for the new equestrian center is at 1 p.m. March 6, followed by a month-long celebration
with free riding lessons, horse back rides, mommy and me activities every weekend.