Reserved ride time

We are pleased to offer reserved indoor arena time to the Garfield County community again for the fall 2017/winter 2018 season. Our goal is to provide safe, clean, functional facilities. To keep our facilities nice for everyone we ask each participant, event organizer, and observer to abide by the following rules:

1. The reserved indoor arena season for fall 2017/winter 2018 is October 16, 2017 - April 13, 2018.

2. A session is two hours, which includes setup and tear-down time in the arena. Please be ready to move in at your scheduled time and move out at your scheduled time.

3. There are many riders requesting time in our arenas.
   a. In accordance with BOCC directives, priority is given to 4-H, and fair royalty, for one session per week.
   b. All other requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
   c. We will only allow one session for any individual or group/club. Please be respectful of others.
   d. After the first selections are made other sessions may be reserved, based on availability, on a first-come, first-served basis.

4. A refundable deposit of $50 must be paid prior to the first event date. At the end of the season, that deposit will be refunded if no charges have been assessed against it.
   a. Any damages to our facilities or extra expenses incurred as a result of a reserved session will be deducted from the deposit and the remainder returned at the end of the season.
   b. We prefer credit card payments for deposits. All other forms of payment require a W-9, in order to refund the deposit at the end of the season.

5. The fee schedule for fall 2017/winter 2018 is:
   a. $20 minimum and/or $10 per rider for more than two riders, not to exceed 10, for horsemanship, standard equestrian riding, barrel racing, dressage, cutting, reining, etc.
   b. $35 minimum and/or $5 per rider over seven riders, not to exceed 10, for roping or rough stock events.
   c. No "commercial" use is allowed during this time, including paid riding lessons. You may not use this time for a series event such as a buckle series. It is meant for practice and working horses and livestock.

6. Paid riding lessons are not allowed during reserved indoor arena sessions.

7. Fees are payable in advance, but no later than the first day of the month.
   a. For sessions where fees have not been paid by the first of the month, the session will be offered to the first person on the wait list.
   b. We now accept cash, check, money order, or credit card, but we strongly encourage credit cards.

8. Alcohol is not allowed on the property without a permit issued by the city of Rifle and\or the Garfield County Fairgrounds. The city of Rifle open container law will be enforced by the Rifle Police Department.
   a. If alcohol is observed by a fairgrounds employee, the person drinking will be approached and asked to put the alcohol away. Also, the person who is responsible for renting the facility will be notified and expected monitor the issue.
   b. If it is observed again, we reserve the right to contact Rifle police and to terminate the session, and/or ban the event and its participants from the facility indefinitely.

9. There is no smoking of any substance, including vapes and e-cigarettes, in the indoor or covered arena. Smoking of tobacco may occur 15 feet from the entrance of the facility. Please use the smoking receptacles we have provided.

10. For any beverages - glass is prohibited.

11. All trash in the arena and surrounding area (including covered arena, pens, chutes, bleachers) must be removed at the end of each session and placed in the proper trash cans.
   a. If the session includes food (such as pizza delivery), the trash bag liners must be removed and placed in the dumpster, and a new trash can liner placed for the next event. Liners will be kept at the announcer's booth.
   b. If trash is not being picked up, the event will risk losing their session indefinitely.

12. Dogs must remain under the control of their owner. Please pick up after your dog.
   a. Animal control will be contacted if necessary, and any expense will be the complete responsibility of the dog owner.

13. All participants of any event must vacate the property by 10:30 pm. The exception are the trucks/trailers that are loading out livestock.

14. If damage occurs, or you find damage or any unsafe conditions at the fairgrounds, please report it by calling the fairgrounds office at 970-625-2514, or email Garfield County Fairgrounds.

15. If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. In the event of any significant injury, please contact the fairgrounds office the following day to file an incident report.

16. The arena dirt will be worked for general arena use (approximately 3-4 inches deep) at the beginning of the first session of the day.
   a. We will not work the arena in-between sessions.
   b. Hot heels may not be used until the last session of the day.

17. Rough stock practices require the presence of a certified, verified, medical first responder. Please contact the fairgrounds office with the name and phone number of all first responders who have agreed to oversee your session.

18. All participants of barrel race practice, roping, and rough stock are required to sign a waiver, provided by the fairgrounds.
   a. Waivers must be signed and turned in each week prior to the next ride time. Waivers for youth (under 18) require parent/guardian signatures. The minor participant may not sign their own waiver. A special "minor waiver" will be provided upon request.

19. Cancelations must be made by 10 a.m. the day of the event to be considered for an alternate date/time or refund.
   a. A no-call/no-show will result in no refund and no alternate date/time.
   b. After two no-call, no-shows, the client will lose their session and remaining fees paid (the less of the two) will be refunded and the session offered to the next person on our wait list.

20. Reserved ride sessions may not be "swapped" without fairgrounds approval.

21. Please keep horses off of the concrete sidewalk in the indoor arena.

22. Children must be supervised at all times, and are not allowed on the announcer's booth or to climb on the railings, chutes, or other property.

23. The event hall and kitchen are not included in this reservation and are not available for use by any of the participants or spectators of the session.

24. Please clean up after your horses, especially in the parking lots.
   a. A wheel barrow, shovel, and broom will be left in the entrance to the indoor arena.
   b. If you fill up the wheel barrow, please take it to one of the manure dumps.
Garfield County Fairgrounds
1001 Railroad Avenue
Rifle, CO  81650
Take exit 90 on I-70. Travel north on Colorado State Highway 13 as it develops onto Railroad Avenue. The fairgrounds is on the left side.

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