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Kent Co. Sheriff Dept. cuts ribbon on indoor equestrian center
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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kent County now has a new arena where sheriff deputies can train on horses.

County leaders cut the ribbon Tuesday on the 20,000-square-foot indoor equestrian training center in the 4600 block of Kroes St. NE.

The arena is also being used by local 4-H groups, as well as local school riding teams.

The center will provide a place for training the sheriff department's mounted unit, even during the winter months.

"Horses need to be trained constantly," said Sheriff Larry Stelma. "Weekly, they have to be exercised, they have to be ridden -- or they soon forget what they're supposed to be doing. The riders need to practice continually to remain proficient. So, they need to train 12 months out of the year. This facility allows them to do that."

During Tuesday's event, Sheriff Stelma presented a plaque to the family of Peter Secchia. The Secchia family provided a significant endowment to make the equestrian arena a reality.


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