Closer look at horse facilities
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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