Shows to Go On After Acme Township, Traverse City Horse Shows Sign Agreement

Horse shows in Traverse City will go on after Acme Township and Traverse City Horse Shows reached an agreement regarding the show’s unresolved requirements, according to Acme Township.

Through the agreement, TCHS will deliver health, safety and environment-related requirements of the Special Use Permit by June 2 and are allowed to delay completion of other requirements until November 15.

“The horse show at Flintfield’s has been part of the community for 14 years and we are committed to being good citizens caring for the land and developing beautiful accommodations that support the community,” said Matt Morrissey, managing partner of Morrissey Management Group, owner of TCHS. “We are excited to welcome riders and spectators to another thrilling season of Olympic caliber hunter/jumper equine competition enhanced amenities developed in cooperation with Acme Township, Grand Traverse County and the State of Michigan.”

Requirements that must be completed by June 2 include the following:

  • Municipal approvals
  • Storm water construction modifications, approvals and maintenance plans
  • Dust plan for TCHS roads
  • Emergency access road construction, inspection, road signs and building numbers for use by Emergency Services
  • Water supply source with sufficient flow
  • Permits from Metro Fire and Grand Traverse County for a two-story tent.

Landscaping and irrigation, extension of asphalt paving at three entrances, and grading and gravel for trailer parking must be completed by November 15.

TCHS has already completed part of their health, safety and environmental requirements and will complete the remaining requirements before June 8, according to Acme Township. However, completion of other conditions and requirements are delayed because of issues scheduling contractors and receiving materials in their market.

The agreement comes after Acme Township warned TCHS that a cease and desist order stopping their shows could have come along due to unresolved violations.

Traverse City Horse Shows had responded to Acme Township on May 18 with the following:

“We would like to assure all athletes, partners, vendors and spectators that the property will open for competition on June 8 and will host 13 weeks of competition, including the coveted Adequan®/USEF Junior Hunter National Championship – East, FEI North American Youth Championships, Major League Show Jumping, TCHS Hunter and Derby Finals and more.
Flintfield’s Horse Park is located in Acme Township, which has historically regulated operations at the facility through its zoning ordinance. Expansions and upgrades to the facility have been approved and are moving forward with all appropriate permissions. At this time, Traverse City Horse Shows is proceeding with preparing Flintfield’s Horse Park for the beginning of the 2022 season.”