A Texas equestrian center that hosts a busy calendar of eventing, dressage and A-rated hunter/jumper shows has been put up for sale.
The 485-acre Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas, about 100 miles from Dallas, is owned by the Brunson family and has been on the market for about 55 days. The asking price is $19 million.
The property is a key competition venue for the Texas horse community, especially the Area V eventing community, which has lost several other horse trials venues in recent years.
The Brunsons have been developing the property into a premier horse show facility for 15 years. They hosted the U.S. Eventing Association American Eventing Championships for three years from 2013-2015 and maintained an advanced course, the only one in Area V, for several years after.
The venue currently hosts six rated hunter/jumper shows, three rated dressage shows and three USEA-recognized events annually, as well as breed shows, dog shows and various schooling competitions.
“We’re selling the event side,” said owner Kathy Brunson, who operates the Brunson Equestrian Center on the property. “We’re moving to the 900 acres across the street. We’ll still continue with boarding, training, lessons and maybe building some more stuff there.
“I’d still like to do maybe some eventing and dressage and stuff like that, but not the big shows like the A shows,” she continued. “We’re kind of downsizing, so to speak, but we’re trying to do as much as we can to find somebody that will purchase this place and continue and enhance it and develop it out more with the horse shows.”
The property for sale includes three show barns with over 350 stalls, six outdoor arenas, an indoor arena and a cross-country course with jumps from beginner novice through advanced.
The 900 acres the family would move to is an elaborate cattle operation, and they plan to build houses for several generations of their family, as well as a new equestrian center for boarding and lessons.
Brunson said the family is not in a hurry to sell. “I want the transition to go as smooth as possible,” she said.
Original article: The Chronicle of the Horse (chronofhorse.com)