North Utah County Equestrian Park

TJ Smith watches the barrels compeition during Highland's annual Play Day Rodeo at the North Utah County Equestrian Park in Highland on Friday, August 2, 2013. 

SALT LAKE CITY — County leaders in Utah have announced plans to consider selling a county-owned equestrian center to help close a budget gap despite opposition from members in the horse community.

KUTV-TV reported Thursday that Utah County commissioners voted to accept bids on the North County Equestrian Park valued at about $10 million.

Commissioners say the park costs the county up to $80,000 yearly.

Commissioners say the park could be sold to a developer or nearby city, some of the land could be sold while keeping the indoor arena or they could start increasing revenue by charging facility guests or renting it out for events.

Officials say no one rented the facility this year and users are supposed to pay to use the indoor facility through a fee box.

Officials say more than 4,000 people have signed an online petition to keep and improve the facility.

Some residents in the horse community say the park is an asset to ranch owners and horse trainers.

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