Rawsonville Pony Club will be able to purchase a utility buggy and sand arena grader thanks to a $20,176 grant secured by Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders.
Mr Saunders announced the club had successfully applied for funding through the Community Building Partnerships program, and said the new equipment will come in handy.
“Rawsonville Pony Club has a small but committed membership base, and plenty of riders in that part of the electorate have started competing with their horses there,” Mr Saunders said.
“The families that are involved get in and work very hard to make the club as good as it possibly can be, and this program is aimed at giving some assistance to these wonderful community-based organisations.
“The club needed some help to ensure it has a safe arena to compete on, and I’m proud that I could help it secure the funding that will make that happen, and reduce some of the workload the current members have.”
Rawsonville Pony Club president Leanne White said she was excited when she received confirmation of the successful application.
“For a long time now we’ve had one of the ladies from the club bring harrows down to the arena, and we have to manually hook them up to a vehicle and prepare it that way,” Ms White said. “With this funding, we will be able to leave the machinery at the club, and when we are there we can run over the arena to remove weeds and loosen the surface. It will be a great asset for our club and help us keep it in great condition.”