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County moves ahead on equestrian rules

BY CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 AT 5:38 P.M.

Sally Cobb feeds one of her horses near dusk at her ranch in Valley Center last week. She has been dealing with code enforcement issues for years.

CHARLIE NEUMAN

Sally Cobbfeeds one of her horses near dusk at her ranch in Valley Center last week. Shehas been dealing with code enforcement issues for years.

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The Board of SupervisorsWednesday unanimouslydirected county executives to explore ways to ease permit and regulation burdenson horse owners.

ChairmanBill Horn?s proposal comes amid concerns from the equine community that thecounty?s rules were too burdensome and expensive.

Horn saidhe agreed that the county should relax some standards and apply fees based on afacility?s size and scope ? rather than charge an average $40,000 to $60,000for the permit needed to board horses.

SupervisorDianne Jacob, who co-sponsored the board letter, saidhorsemanship has been away of life in the county dating back to the Old West.

?Ridingtrails, boarding, training, providing lessons and ranching, they?re allcommonplace to most of our rural communities,? she said. ?I know firsthand thevalue that equestrian activities provide to an individual and a community.?

Relevantsections of the ordinance have remained unchanged since 1978. Supervisorsrequested that the issue come back to them in four months.

christopher.cadelago@uniontrib.com? (619) 293-1334 ? Twitter @ccadelago

 

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