Waterford Equestrian and Pony Club set to prosper

THE Waterford Equestrian and Pony Club has recovered from the brink of annihilation after the 2017 floods  caused $200,000 worth of damage to the facility.

JUMP: The Waterford Equestrian and Pony Club will hold an open event on March 30 and March 31. Photo: Waterford Equestrian and Pony Club

JUMP: The Waterford Equestrian and Pony Club will hold an open event on March 30 and March 31. Photo: Waterford Equestrian and Pony Club

Two years on, the club is set to run its first open event since the natural disaster struck with politicians and special guests invited.

The event will be held on the March 30 and 31 weekend from 8am to 4pm with dressage, show riding and other events to unfold.

Vice-president Claire Kelly said the club was inoperable in 2018.

"The club was annihilated, most of the equipment floated down the Logan River and we had water in excess of two to three metres above the ground...we lost everything," she said.

"We spent the whole year re-building with no opportunities to run events, which meant we had no revenue, decreased community participation, decreased access and availability for members."

SPLASH: The Waterford Equestrian and pony Club has returned. Photo: Waterford Equestrian and Pony Club

SPLASH: The Waterford Equestrian and pony Club has returned. Photo: Waterford Equestrian and Pony Club

The club recovered after receiving initial support from Logan City Council and a $150,000 Sport and Recreation grant to fix the cross country course.

Ms Kelly said the renewed cross country course would ensure the club was in a stronger position than prior to the 2017 floods.

"We have gone from having something great to having something fabulous," she said.

"The track will be used for the first time on March 2 by former Olympian Matt Ryan who will run a training course and clinic.

"The course will be closed after that weekend for the event on March 30 and we expect 150 riders to be on course."

The Waterford Equestrian Club plans to partner with Eventing Queensland to promote premier events on the cross country course.

The cross country course was built by Dale McNab from CPM Equestrian and designed by Equestrian Australia accredited designer Silvia Roberts.

Waterford Equestrian and Pony Club is located at 108-128 Weaber Road, Buccan.

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