From the President of the Fountain Riding and Roping Club June 9th, 2020
To All the Members of the Fountain Riding and Roping Club,
I hope this letter finds all safe and healthy during these tough times that our Nation is currently
I know, as all of you do, that we have had a tough year trying to start our season. I want all of
you to know that I have been in weekly contact with the City of Fountain to come to an
understanding of what the Fountain Riding and Roping Club means to our members and to the
Fountain Community. We have an extended history with the town from our inception of over 50
years of continued support. The directors are well aware of our concerns and are working with
their lawyers to clarify the directives from the Governor's office to allow us to start our season.
The current guidance from the Governor's office is that no rodeo style events are currently
allowed. Fountain Riding and Roping Club falls under this guidance as we hold rodeo style
events (Barrel Racing). As I am sure all are aware the the Pikes Peak Rodeo or Bust events
have all been reschedule to a date in August, to include the street breakfast.
The City of Fountain has to take the guidance from the Governor's office, through El Paso
county, to City Hall in Fountain. It just not a simple, OK parks are open and we can start.
Other riding clubs have started their season and are held in private arenas. I have spoken with
our insurance company on several occasions to inquire in the coverage and cost of holding
events on private property. The response is that additional coverage is needed and the cost,
due to holding on private property, almost equaled the premium that has already been paid for
the 2020 season. This is in part due to the current Colorado law that protects horse owners
from liability injury claims while on their property.
Your elected Board is conducting meetings, either by phone or in person. These meetings are
to start establishing the Social Distancing requirements that will have to be adhered to as well
as face mask wearing, no socializing while signing up for events, No Spectators during
events-just the families that is present to compete, and not having concessions, but having a
Food Truck positioned in the park so individuals in the park and purchase food, not at the
arena. If we are allowed to start the season this month; I would expect that the City of
Fountain officials would be checking to make sure we are following these guidelines.
On June 20th at 6:00 pm (Saturday), we will hold a dedication ceremony for the Knapp Family
bench and following this will be the yearly pre season cleanup. We invite all to attend that can
while always maintaining the 6' social distancing requirements and face coverings are
encouraged but not required. The Club will provide trash bags, but please, if you have rakes
and shovels, bring gardening equipment. I do not expect that this will last more the an hour or
hour and a half.
The Fountain Riding and Roping Club still has a vacant Board member seat. To facilitate the
nominating and voting for the position. The current Board is asking for nominations from June
10th, 2020 through June 18th, 2020. Once the list has been comprised and if we have not be
able to hold a club meeting, still 10 or less for meetings, we will ask that the members submit
their vote by phone call, text, email, and even through the USPO. We will give a week for all
votes to be received, tally those votes, and publish the results and the name of the new board
member. Regrettably, this vacant seat on the board is due to the individual that was elected in
November did not renew or pay their membership dues for the 2020 season.
Please know that the updates on Facebook, on the website, on the emails that have been sent
out or mailed out have come from myself while working with the board members. This has
been a tough year to say the least and I assure you that I, along with the board, want to get this
season started. I have been assured that I will have an answer from the City of Fountain, City
Hall by Wednesday. Once this occurs, I will direct a post on Facebook, website, emails, and
As me move forward through this year, I would ask that if any member has any questions or
concerns to please call/text me at: 719-963-8234 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will facilitate a quicker response since I do not have a social media account.
Thank you for all you do. Stay safe and healthy and I truly hope that I will see all participating
at the arena very soon.
President, FRRC 2020
Current status of any FRRC event (being canceled due to arena conditions or weather concerns) is always posted on our Facebook page.
1) To develop and promote good fellowship and sportsmanship among people who are interested in equestrian activities.
2) To encourage, promote, and develop the owning, care, use, handling and development of riding horses.
4) To promote and encourage the sport, pleasure, exercise and recreation of the members.
5) To encourage socializing and friendship among the members.
6) To manage and conduct entertainments, excursions, contests and social meeting for the members.