Jefferson County has transferred 20.69 acres southeast of the Jeffco Fairgrounds to the Westernaires, an organization that has served area youth since 1949. This transfer gives the Westernaires a permanent home on property they have used for their programs and facilities for several decades.
Jefferson County will continue to have an interest in this property through deed restrictions and an agreement that require the Westernaires to use the property for its programs or other park and open space purposes. If it is not used for any of these purposes the County can elect to take the property back. In addition, the Board of County Commissioners would need to approve any transfer or differing use of this property. “In our 50-year history we have transferred many properties to cities, towns and park districts in Jeffco and required they be used solely for park and open space purposes; this is also the case with this conveyance” said Tom Hoby, Director of Jefferson County Open Space.
In 1964, the county conveyed a 4-acre parcel located southeast of the Fairgrounds to Westernaires, and subsequently, an additional 1.4 acres in 2001. This most recent transfer represents additional parcels that the Westernaires have been using since 1998.
"The Westernaires are a staple in our county, and we would like to see them remain here. Transferring this property to them seems like a course of action that is appropriate," said Andy Kerr, Jefferson County Commissioner.
Westernaires is a mounted precision drill organization composed of local-area youngsters from 9 to 19 years of age. Founded in 1949, Westernaires has provided training in western riding, precision drills, and horse care for over 70 years. Some members also elect to receive training in specialty acts such as trick riding, roman riding, and dressage.
“We are proud to celebrate the western heritage of Jefferson County and appreciate the continued support of the county’s leadership.” Bill Schleicher, Director of Westernaires.