Opinion: The proper call for safety’s sake


It’s no secret we’ve been inundated with rain this summer. It affects plans for so many. The deluge of “liquid sunshine” plays havoc on multiple fronts. There is so much clay around these parts that the water seeps in only so far before it begins to pool. And so it came to pass, unfortunately, that the Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show, previously scheduled to run from Aug. 4-9, was cancelled last week as a result of what the rain left behind. Primarily, that would be an overly soggy Wild Air Farms, where the event has enjoyed an ultra-successful, 37-year run. It’s far too dangerous to erect tents and portable stables, as was the finding of Town of Zionsville officials. Can you imagine driving tent stakes and other support or anchoring mechanism into what in some places amounts to pudding? The cancellation, without question, was an excellent call. Yes, we wanted it all to come off without a hitch, for it is an event we enjoy and sponsor. It’s better this way. Having talked to the show’s local leadership, we now know this was a gut-wrenching decision, but the only logical decision that could be made. There was no need to risk the lives of humans and horses, or property, for that matter, by forcing the staging of the event. It was a decision made in the name of safety, and it was a smart one at that. The show, which was to have benefitted Riley Hospital for Children, draws from all our communities as well as from several states beyond. Knowing the organizers and the decision makers at Wild Air, we believe we are safe to assume the show will rise and ride again in far better conditions. At the very least, we hope that will be the case.

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