The Pekin Riding Club was awarded $2,000 by the Illinois Equine Industry Research & Promotion Board toward improving lighting and spectator seating at its club grounds south of Pekin on Route 29. “Light poles around the arena are rotting, creating a safety issue,” said Nicole Storer, club president. “This grant will partially fund purchase of new poles, which our volunteers will install,” she said.
The grant was part of the more than $83,000 awarded by the Illinois Equine Industry Research & Promotion Board. The grants were funded by the Illinois equine checkoff program, which provides for the voluntary assessment of a nickel per 50-pound bag of horse feed sold at retail. The grant presentation was made earlier this month at the Illinois Horse Fair.
The Pekin Riding Club offers low-cost, open fun shows to Central Illinois and serves a membership of 187 individuals. “Some weeknight shows boast over 200 class entries,” Nicole said, “so you can understand our need for lighting and safety.”