• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Groesbeck Journal
    Limestone County Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis uses a tractor to lift panels and install the new portable horse stalls at the Show Barn, with help from jail trustees. The 20 stalls will complement the 40 permanent stalls outside the Show Barn.

Portable horse stalls going up at Show Barn

By Roxanne Thompson Staff Writer

Some recently acquired portable horse stalls are being installed in the Show Barn at the Limestone County Fairgrounds, increasing the number by 50 percent.

Commissioners court voted to buy the stalls in August, and the stalls were subsequently purchased from Priefert Manufacturing, in northeast Texas, and delivered about two weeks ago.  Fairgrounds Manager KennethEllis began the initial installation on Wednesday, Nov. 1, with help from Limestone County Jail trustees. He estimated that the work would be completed within two days.

Priefert offered a discount on the sale, Ellis said, and also replaced some of the  roping and line chutes.

The 20 new, portable indoor stalls, added to the 40 permanent outdoor stalls the facility already has, may attract groups that have had to pass over the Limestone County Fairgrounds in the past to look for bigger venues.

Other temporary pens could be used for another 20 horse stalls if needed, Ellis said, meaning about 80 horses could be kept at the facility for events. 

The stalls were purchased through private donations and a fund that can only be used for economic development. Since horse events draw tourists who may stay overnight, the purchase qualified to be made with those funds.

The new stalls will stay up inside the show barn most of the year, only being dismantled in the spring for the annual youth livestock show, Ellis explained. For now, he is putting them inside the western end of the Show Barn.

“We’re putting them up right now just to make sure everything works out and is laid out right,” he said.

The stalls are 10 feet by 10 feet, and seven feet tall. Because they will be used indoors, they have no roof. They are primarily made of metal but they have a composite material on the lower four feet of the panels that lasts longer and is safer for the horses.

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