KCHA may find new home in Shelby

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By Scotty McDaniel

The Kentucky Cutting Horse Association could return to Shelby County by late summer.

KCHA held numerous events at the Shelby County Fairgrounds last year, but was unable to reach an agreement with the fairgrounds to continue using the space in 2008.

"We like the location and everything, but we just weren't able to reach an agreement," said Henry Taylor, president of KCHA. "But we're going to hopefully be moving back to Shelby County."

Shelby County resident Mike McIntosh's planned construction could provide an alternative location that allows them to return to the county. McIntosh, owner of Rocky Fork Feeder Cattle, hopes to build a facility off Dover Road that could be used for the cutting horse events. The job of the cutting horse is to sort a single calf from a herd and keep it from getting back to the herd for a certain period of time.

On Thursday, McIntosh sought a conditional use permit to build the facility on his land, which is zoned for agriculture. The Board of Adjustments and Appeals gave its approval to McCintosh to move forward with his plan to build an arena, which Taylor said he hopes the KCHA would lease for events. The board tabled until its next meeting restrictions on the permit.

McIntosh said he will know more about the project after the final hearing at the end of May.

Meanwhile Taylor said he hopes to be in Shelby County for the KCHA's regional event.

"We have a big regional show in August, and we hope to have that back in Shelby County," he said.