SOUTH POINT HOTEL AND CASINO COMPLETES $30 MILLION EXPANSION PROJECT
The South Point Hotel and Casino has completed a $30 million expansion project. The Priefert Pavilion encompasses two new arenas and is a big investment for a property that’s banking on the growing popularity of cowboy culture.
The Pavillion broke ground last spring and houses two arenas that cover some 100,000 square feet on the south side of the South Point.
South Point General manager Ryan Growney is proud to show off the latest addition to his property, saying as more cowboys and cowgirls come to the valley, the Pavilion will mean big business for the Hotel. The Priefert Pavilion is already hosting events.
“When you are coming here to compete, you are coming here to work, you are coming here to show, but you are coming here to play as well,” Growney said.
“This could mean big money for South Point and rest of the valley. The two arenas are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors. Already, nine new events have been held in the arena, including the popular World Series of Team Roping, which coincides with the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas and Mack Center.
“When you talk about two of the top five richest equestrian events in the world happening in our city, at the same time, if you have a cowboy or cowgirl in you at all, this is the only place to be in December,” Growney said.
Cutting horse competitor and the current NCHA World Champion Non-Pro Constance Jaeggi, who is from Texas, says, “It’s really great to be all indoors now and have air conditioning. Cutting in Las Vegas means more friends and family often come along for the ride. I have a friend who’s visits us from Switzerland and she heard Vegas and said, ‘I’m in.’ ’’
The city breathes and lives on tourism. What this is gives this town is a different niche,” Growney said.
The Pavilion is two stories, with the second floor housing a new bowling tournament facility that will bring in competitors from around the world.
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|THE BIRTH OF EQUI-VOICE.COM
THE VOICE OF THE HORSE
From Glory Ann Kurtz, Editor
Sept. 2, 2015
It has been seven years since the beginning of www.allaboutcutting.com. As the years have gone by, www.allaboutcutting.com has morphed from cutting news and cutting horse associations, to news of other non-profit equine associations and individuals, show results and features – as well as investigative reports regarding the entire horse industry.
But I couldn’t have done it alone. With the help of my readers, I received many tips about what was going on in the industry, which I investigated and wrote about through the results of my investigation. My site soon became known as the monitor of the industry. Thanks to the Internet, I could link to documents corroborating my statements, as at first I was shrugged off as “a liar that didn’t know what she’s talking about.”
With the help of Rick Dennis, a horse trainer and a former policeman and drug enforcement special agent, articles on this site have moved into the abuse of horses, slaughter of horses, health of horses and legal matters in the horse industry including the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association and National Reining Horse Association.
From my over 30 years as Editor of Quarter Horse News, I knew a lot about the horse associations, the horses, pedigrees, the competitors, the owners and the movers and shakers in the performance horse industry. I created Equi-stat (keeping statistics on horses, owners and riders) on one of the first IBM desktops, as well as the annual Sale Guide that Quarter Horse News still operates and publishes. However, Rick is a fountain of knowledge and has the judicial experience that I lack.
While we continue to write articles about performance horse individuals, associations and legal matters, I have gained a huge new group of readers interested in the welfare of the horse in general. I am gaining readers daily from other aspects of the industry who are reading millions of pages on my site each year.
Following a suggestion from Carol Harris, whom I greatly appreciate and admire for all of her contributions to the horse industry, that I change the name of my site for all those who are not just interested in cutting. I went to Pat Hall, my web designer, who suggested the name Equi-Voice.com, The Voice Of The Horse. She then did a wonderful job of designing a site-within-a-site to accommodate all readers with many interests from all parts of the world. Readers can now go to www.allaboutcutting.com or www.Equi-Voice.com. I hope you will enjoy the expansion of my site.
I have owned a horse ever since I was old enough to get a job and buy one. My husband, Bob, and I raised horses, owned stallions and broodmares, bought and sold horses for years. We made friends in the industry worldwide that I still stay in contact with today and even traveled to foreign countries with some of the horses we sold. Sometimes foreign buyers just showed up on our doorstep looking for horses. Bob also trained and showed pleasure and reining horses years ago and broke young horses. He showed cutting horses in non-pro competition for his entertainment. I just enjoyed horses, running barrels, riding pleasure horses, trail riding and even a little bit of cutting. Bob and I both loved horses. We were born that way!
When I lost him in 2009, we still had a few horses. I sold most of them, but kept my old Paint barrel mare and her companion, a donkey, and Cougarand, a champagne son of Peppy San Badger out of a daughter of Doc Bar. Since they were old, I knew they would go to slaughter if I sold them. My barrel mare was 31 when she had to be put down this summer, along with her 40-year-old companion the donkey, and they’re ’buried together in our back pasture, along with several other favorites we had. Cougarand is now 29 years old and I will have him until he dies.
This site survives because of our passion for the horse and “what is right,” and a few dedicated advertisers who believe in what I am doing. Because of that, www.allaboutcutting.com has developed into a force to be reckoned with in the industry and www.Equi-Voice.com - the Voice of the Horse is born.
I’m hoping that in the future with the thousands of new readers that I have (close to 100,000 unique visitors since the first of 2015), that more advertisers will see it worthwhile to reach these horse lovers. If you’re interested in advertising or just want to contribute to the site, give me a call at 940-433-5232 or 940-393-1865 (cell). Until the end of September, I can be reached at 719-748-5229.