Arena taking shape, but not the right one

MORE NEEDED: The area behind, and to the right, of Robyn Reed (MADEC) and Andrew Allan (A&P Society) needs to be covered with base and sand to make the new sand arena at the showgrounds a usable surface. PHOTO: Peter Hunt

CONSTRUCTION of a new all-weather horse arena at the Mansfield Showgrounds has hit a snag.

The project was funded in 2013 via a State Government grant of $83,142 as well as significant financial contributions from the Mansfield Agricultural and Pastoral Society (A&P), Mansfield Pony Club (MPC) and the Mansfield and District Equestrian Club (MADEC).

As the pool of funds has started to run dry, what was promised has not yet been delivered.

The original plans agreed to by the Mansfield A&P Society and Mansfield Shire Council were for a 100 metre diameter sand arena suitable for show jumping and dressage, but also meeting the minimum requirements for camp-drafting.

However, the present area is an 80 metre by 90 metre rectangular base, which does not meet the requirements for the A&P Society, which needs to abid by the regulations of the National Campdraft Council of Australia.

According to the A&P Society, using the main oval for the annual campdraft saw plenty of destruction to the grass surface.

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