Mount Gambier’s Riding for the Disabled premises has recently received some improvements thanks to a local service club. Lions Club of Mount Gambier members installed a horse wash-down bay at the Mount Gambier premises.
The bay is 12 square metres in area and has on three sides permanent tie up rails embedded in the slab. The bay will be used for hosing the horses after use and is clean area for treating wounds and checking hooves.
Furthermore, it will provide a safe area for the horses and operators with a non-slip concrete floor. The past practise was doing these tasks in at times muddy conditions particularly in the winter months.
Project organiser Steve Bell said the project was valued at $1500 with a generous donation coming from Bunnings Mount Gambier with $200 worth of vouchers.
The club has been a long-standing supporter of RDA and has assisted in many projects over the years. Lions Ross Parkinson and Stuart Stansfield attend the RDA each weekend to maintain the surface of the indoor arena, tend to the roses and cut the grass around the facility.
Mr Bell said one of the club’s objectives was to support and promote the development of youth in the area, with Riding for the Disabled “a most worthwhile project in support of children with disability”.
“A further project is under way in which fences are being cleared of overhanging and fallen tree branches which interference with the electric fences and are unsafe for the RDA staff and visitors,” he said. “A number of other tasks have also been completed with the installation of another paddock water point and small plumbing tasks in the arena. “Lions have conducted three working bees to date.”
Mr Bell said RDA president Robyn Keillor was appreciative of the valued support the organisation received from the Lions Club of Mount Gambier.