Ku-ring-gai Council has partnered with Northside Riding Club and the NSW Government to deliver new facilities for riders with a disability.
The new facilities – built at a cost of $185,000 – are located at the Princess Anne Arena in the Showground on Mona Vale Road St Ives. The project was jointly funded by the Council, Northside Riding Club and a grant from the NSW Office of Sport.
Northside Riding Club is one of the oldest equestrian clubs in the Sydney metropolitan region. It caters for riders who own or lease their own horses - from beginners through to advanced levels and holds over 70 competitions annually at the Showground. The Club works with the charity Riding for the Disabled to help riders with a disability pursue their chosen sport.
The new facilities include a raised structure to assist riders mount and dismount safely from a wheelchair or seated position, plus accessible toilets and an accessible pathway from the Arena to the remainder of the Showground. Previously, accessible toilets were located 300 metres away from the Arena.
In addition to being used by members of Riding for the Disabled and Northside Riding Club, the new facilities mean that the Showground is capable of hosting equestrian training for the 2020 Paralympic Games.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the new facilities were another way that the Council was working with local sporting organisations to help them become inclusive.
“We are committed to ensuring all members of our community can participate in whatever recreation and leisure activities they enjoy,” the Mayor said.
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