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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Chamber says no decisions made about horses at future parades

  • Wellington chamber of commerce officials are considering what role horses may have in future parades, after the accident that happened Friday. The chamber sent out a letter today, stressing that no decision has been made. They may consider not having horses in future parades, but nothing has even been discussed yet.
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  • Wellington chamber of commerce officials are considering what role horses may have in future parades, after the accident that happened Friday. The chamber sent out a letter today, stressing that no decision has been made. They may consider not having horses in future parades, but nothing has even been discussed yet.
    Here is the text of their letter:
    The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB would like to address the recent situation that occurred during the KS Wheat Festival parade this past Friday, July 11, 2014.  
    First and foremost, we are very relieved to know that those involved are healing and were not more seriously hurt.  We are also very thankful to all the police, Fire/EMS and others who quickly responded to the young woman and her young rider.  
    The situation has provided the Board of Directors and Chamber Staff the opportunity to evaluate the policies and procedures currently in place to help minimize risk and add to the enjoyment for all those who attend the annual parade. It is important to note no decisions have been made, nor will there be any decisions made, until thorough discussion, input and evaluation takes place. The Wheat Festival is a long-standing community tradition and citizen input is encouraged in the decision-making process.  
    At our regularly scheduled board meeting held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the Chamber board discussed how to proceed so that everyone including participants, spectators and all involved can move forward from this incident.  Two main things were decided...safety of all involved is the most important thing to be considered.  Secondly, there are many factors that contributed to what happened and all of it needs to be discussed and evaluated before any final decisions or policies are put into place.
    According to our numbers and feedback from many, the 2014 Kansas Wheat Festival was a tremendous success and the Chamber sincerely appreciates everyone who supported all of the events.  We certainly hope that this one incident won't define what otherwise is a great community festival.  
    Sincerely,
    The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB Board of Directors & Staff

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