Revamped Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center Passes Its First Test
The new Randi C. Heathman Indoor Arena was formally unveiled at Homecoming in an October 15 ribbon-cutting ceremony. The riding surface was enlarged, new powerful fans were installed and a new, state-of-the-art surface was laid down. And now, the center aims to become, in time, one of the premier equestrian facilities in the country.
Expanded Equestrian Arena Draws TV Coverage
The newly expanded Randi C. Heathman Indoor Arena at Albion College's Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center, currently receiving its finishing touches in advance of its first show Oct. 1-2, was featured this morning on Newschannel 3 WWMT-TV, which serves the large Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek viewing area.
Equine Business Seminar Offered at Equestrian Center
Back by popular demand, Albion College's Held Equestrian Center and the firm of Grant, Millman & Johnson, P.C., present "Are You Ready for the IRS?" a workshop for horse owners and horse-related entrepreneurs. The program takes place Saturday, January 26, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Held Equestrian Center.
The seminar will be led by Jacob R. Strecker, director of equine services at Grant, Millman & Johnson. Strecker has 35 years' experience with income tax, accounting, and management issues facing horse businesses and their owners. He is the author of “Letter from the Dark Side," a series of articles on developing a successful horse-centered business.
The Albion seminar will address numerous topics, including IRS audits, employees and subcontractors, and federal and state tax laws impacting horse-related business.
Registration for the seminar is $25/person and should be made before Friday, January 24. For more information or to register, contact Held Equestrian Center Office Manager Carolyn Killewald,
'Pumpkin Chunkers' Sought for Equestrian Club Contest
Fruit will be flying at the Albion College Equestrian Club's first annual Pumpkin Chunkin' contest Friday, November 2 at the Held Equestrian Center, located 1/4 mile south of the intersection of 29 Mile Road and Albion-Concord Road in Albion. Setup begins at 4:30 p.m., with a 5 p.m. launch.
According to Equestrian Club member Alyssa Olson, "pumpkin chunkin'" is the sport of launching pumpkins with team-built catapults. Although complicated catapult plans are available on the Internet, Olson stressed that their competition is focused on fun. "Two sticks in the ground with an exercise band works great," she said. "We want this to be something kids and families can get involved in."
Along with the contest, the Equestrian Club will sell homemade concessions.
The contest entry fee is $20/team. The Equestrian Club will supply pumpkins but not catapult materials. For a complete list of rules, see http://www.facebook.com/events/449158565126310/?ref=ts&fref=ts or contact organizer Heather Waldron,
, or contact the Held Equestrian Center, 517/629-0836.