Olympic Marker Dedicated at Georgia Intl. Horse Park
The Conyers Mayor, City Council, and invited guests gathered on the evening of Thursday, August 4 for the dedication of an Olympic marker at the Georgia International Horse Park signifying the 20th anniversary since the Olympic equestrian events took place in Conyers and Rockdale County during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.
Invited guests spoke to the crowd of about 60 people and reminisced on the community support and vision that brought the Olympic dream to reality in Conyers. Steve Walker, son of former mayor Charles Walker, delivered remarks on behalf of his father who likened the process to the popular children's story "The Little Engine That Could." Former city manager and chief of the Conyers Police Department Roland Vaughn and Matt Dixon, former chairperson and current member of the Georgia International Horse Park Foundation, both shared stories of city staff and volunteer efforts in readying the facility and the community for the world spotlight.
Director of the Georgia International Horse Park Jennifer Bexley thanked those events and promoters who continue to make the horse park successful 20 years later. Ms. Bexley also highlighted other improvements made at the park in honor of the 20th anniversary since its inception including seating at outer arenas, permanent tents at several arenas, a trophy case in the park's show office and plaques recognizing those events who have held their shows at the GIHP for 10, 15 and 20 years.
Mayor Mills concluded the evening by leading those in attendance with a champagne toast: "To dreaming big, achieving much, and celebrating 20 years...and beyond!" The commemorative Olympic marker was unveiled to much excitement and a flurry of photographs.