JANUARY 6, 1997

 The Edwards Agency

Local News

Snows collapse riding arena

collapsed arena

No one was injured when the heavy snows caused the walls of the Gold Creek Riding Arena to buckle and collapse, taking the roof with them. The spectator chairs appear undamaged on this side, though the roof took down a full jumping course when it fell.
Photo by Jeff Switzer.

arena collapse by Jeff Switzer
Widespread local damage from the snow included the total collapse of the 34-year-old Gold Creek Riding Arena near Hollywood Hill Elementary School, after the walls of the arena buckled under the weight of the snow and pulled the roof down.
   "I'm just glad no one was hurt, employees or horses," said Cathi Jensen, owner-manager of the riding facility, which also boards 55 horses in a barn 20 feet from the collapsed arena. "It happened at an amazing time. If it was gonna blow, it was a good time for it."
   Jensen, who lives a stone's throw from the arena, didn't hear it collapse, though she said some neighbors did.
   The 100-foot-by-200-foot arena collapsed at 6 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29, taking with it a full riding course of jumps and the hot-walker.
   Jensen said plans are to rebuild right away, and demolition crews are expected as soon as possible. Reconstruction could take two to three months and cost upwards of $300,000.