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An equestrian facility sitting on 264 acres in South Pharr has sparked excitement and partnerships between the city and school district for a lofty plan.

That plan includes ideas of equestrian therapy, a community garden, a walking trail and a kind of petting zoo. Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez said the land may one day provide local veterinary care for stray animals.

There’s even talks of an apprenticeship program with South Texas College

But there’s a long way to go before realizing these ideas, and what remains there now are about 35 horse stalls and a Hacienda-style facility that the Pharr Police Department’s mounted patrol unit maintains.

Pharr Police Department senior officer Irving Segura leads a horse back to the stables Thursday, June 8, 2023, in Pharr. (Delcia Lopez | [email protected])
The Pharr Economic Development Corporation in 2018 bought, 264 acres with a 35-stall, Hacienda-style equestrian facility that houses the Pharr Police Department’s mounted horse patrol. (Delcia Lopez | [email protected])
The entrance to the opaque yellow, Hacienda-style equestrian facility greets people with a large water fountain, archways for 35 horse stalls, plus a large, open-style covered canopy toward the back of the building Thursday, June 8, 2023, in Pharr. (Delcia Lopez | [email protected])
Irving Segura grooms the horse’s coat, mane, tail, hooves, and skin at the stables Thursday, June 8, 2023, in Pharr. (Delcia Lopez | [email protected])
The site of the Hacienda-style equestrian houses the Pharr Police Department’s mounted patrol unit Thursday, June 8, 2023, in Pharr. The area will provide equestrian therapy and a community garden plus a walking trail in the near future. (Delcia Lopez | [email protected])
Irving Segura moves one of the two horses out of the stables area Thursday, June 8, 2023, in Pharr. (Delcia Lopez | [email protected])
This Hacienda was know as Cortijo Los Conquistadores, which used to be a premiere boarding, training, and show facility seen Thursday, June 8, 2023, in Pharr. (Delcia Lopez | [email protected])
The previous occupancy was a premiere boarding, training, and show facility Thursday, June 8, 2023, in Pharr. (Delcia Lopez | [email protected])
A wrought iron entrance to the Hacienda-style equestrian facility south of Pharr on Thursday, June 8, 2023, in Pharr. (Delcia Lopez | [email protected])
The entrance to the Hacienda-style equestrian facility houses the Pharr Police Department’s mounted police unit Thursday, June 8, 2023, in Pharr. (Delcia Lopez | [email protected])
Irving Segura grooms Bandit, a young mare, at one of the stalls Thursday, June 8, 2023, in Pharr. (Delcia Lopez | [email protected])