Closer look at horse fa­cil­i­ties

Shepparton News - Country News - - WOMEN IN AG FORUM - By Rod­ney Woods

A whole-of-eques­trian sport strat­egy is cur­rently be­ing un­der­taken by Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil, which will help guide di­rec­tion for the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of, and in­vest­ment in, coun­cil’s eques­trian fa­cil­i­ties.

The strat­egy was con­firmed by coun­cil after Goul­burn Val­ley Eques­trian Club mem­ber Chris Ezard con­tacted Coun­try News since at­tend­ing the Top Team Tro­phy dres­sage com­pe­ti­tion at El­more re­cently.

Mrs Ezard was all praise for the fa­cil­i­ties at El­more Eques­trian Park but was con­cerned with event spaces at Tatura Park and WB Hunter Re­serve in Shep­par­ton.

‘‘Maybe our lo­cal coun­cil could take no­tice of the fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties at El­more and con­sider set­ting up some­thing sim­i­lar in Shep­par­ton,’’ she said.

‘‘I have heard all the ar­gu­ments about Tatura, which is a risk man­age­ment night­mare for horses, not even be­ing se­curely fenced, and the land at (WB) Hunter Re­serve is much too small to ac­com­mo­date such a large event (as was held at El­more).’’

In re­sponse, coun­cil’s sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment director Geral­dine Chris­tou said an agree­ment was cur­rently in place for WB Hunter Re­serve and coun­cil was work­ing with Tatura Park Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee and venue hir­ers to im­prove safety.

‘‘WB Hunter is cur­rently un­der a lease agree­ment to North­ern Vic­to­ria Showjump­ing Club,’’ Ms Chris­tou said.

‘‘Tatura Park Ex­hi­bi­tion and Eques­trian Com­plex is man­aged by coun­cil’s Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment.

‘‘Coun­cil con­tin­ues to work with the Tatura Park Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee and venue hir­ers in pro­vid­ing a safe and se­cure com­plex through on­go­ing im­prove­ments and in­vest­ments, to en­sure a sus­tain­able fu­ture for the fa­cil­ity to en­sure eco­nomic ben­e­fit to Greater Shep­par­ton.’’

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