Eques­trian cen­tre opens

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SHAUN McMANUS

DER­WENT Pony Club pres­i­dent Jo Jones says the new $120,000 clu­b­room at the Kens­ing­ton Park Eques­trian Cen­tre in New Nor­folk is among the best in Tas­ma­nia.

The clu­b­room, to be used by the Der­went Pony Club and the Der­went Val­ley Horse Rid­ers, was of­fi­cially opened on Satur­day.

“The sun was shin­ing and lots of our spon­sors were there, all our mem­bers from both clubs, and par­ents, grand­par­ents, and part­ners,” Mrs Jones said.

The clu­b­room was more than a year in the mak­ing and Mrs Jones said there had been a “mas­sive amount” of com­mu­nity sup­port to help make the fa­cil­i­ties a re­al­ity.

“Hav­ing fa­cil­i­ties for cater­ing [with] power and plumb­ing [will] en­able us to grow and to fundraise more ef­fec­tively by hold­ing com­pe­ti­tions where rid­ers from all over the state can come to our grounds,” she said.

“Pre­vi­ously we only had a shed with a gravel floor.

“Al­to­gether, it’s been a $120,000 project from be­gin­ning to end.”

Mrs Jones was thrilled with the end prod­uct, which she says will en­able the Der­went Pony Club to host rid­ing camps and pro­vide a space for in­door the­ory lessons dur­ing pe­ri­ods of bad weather.

“It’s ab­so­lutely amaz­ing, we feel very for­tu­nate that the end prod­uct is such high qual­ity, it far ex­ceeds any ex­pec­ta­tions that we had,” Mrs Jones said.

“All the guests that came that know the Tas­ma­nian rid­ing com­mu­nity were blown away and said we’ve prob­a­bly got the best clu­b­room fa­cil­i­ties in the state.

“We feel very for­tu­nate, but also very proud of all the ef­forts that have gone into get­ting it to where it is.”

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