New site hot to trot
PLANS AFOOT FOR INDOOR DRESSAGE ARENA
BLACKTOWN Pony Club is looking forward to welcoming more members as its sets up its new headquarters at Shanes Park.
The club, which had been at Schofields for more than 25 years, hopes to have the place ready in a few months, having to install equipment and facilities such as showjumps and sun shelters.
Club secretary Sonia McWhirter said initially they were reluctant to move from their Schofields grounds.
“We have been at the ground for more than 25 years and it’s always hard to move after so many years at one venue,” Ms McWhirter said. “However, now we are getting used to the idea and actually believe it will a good place for the future of the club.
“The recent storms have also caused some damage to our existing facilities and we have to repair them.”
The club is raising funds to cover initial expenses associated with the move and plans to build an indoor dressage area.
The club has around 40 young and senior members, and has been in existence for more than 50 years.
The Shanes Park venue is smaller than the one at Schofields and will be shared with Grange Horse Sporting Club.
“Our members are very excited about the move,” Ms McWhirter said. “We’d like to get more members as we have a lot of fun and it’s a family-oriented club.
“We have competitions against other clubs in our zone and also compete in state events where we have won titles.”
Blacktown Pony Club's Mitchell Peel takes part in a competition.