Arboretum Horse Yard Opened by Minister Rattenbury

The Canberra Times today carried a report of the official opening of the horse yard at the National Arboretum. Given the foreboding skies luck held and the sun actually shone at times. Six horses modeled the yard and about 40 horse riders, media and Arboretum and Ministerial staff braved the weather to listened to Minister Rattenbury officially do the opening. There are some additional pictures…

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The Brookvale Ride is on Again

The ACT Endurance Riders Association (ACTERA) is hosting its famous National Capital ‘Brookvale’ Endurance Ride on 26 and 27 September 2015. The ride offer stunning views through Uriarra Pine Forest on an undulating course and some private property. There are ride distances to suit everyone. If you’re interested in the shorter distance rides, you can come just for the day! See their Brookvale_2015_flyer Most of…

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Forestry Operations South of the Arboretum & Zoo

ACT Parks & Conservation will begin thinning and harvesting pine trees in two areas used by equestrians beginning next week. The two areas are shown on this Forestry Operations Map. The first is clearing a small area against the southern boundary of the Zoo for fire management purposes. Eventually this will give riders using the Zoo underpass a wider access route. The second is on…

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Trail Management on Isaacs Ridge

TAMS are inviting members of the community to have their say on the development of a trail management plan for recreational use at Isaacs Ridge pines. The plan will also consider the broader context of the recreation trail network in the Isaacs Ridge nature reserve. Feedback from the community will help ensure the trail management plan meets the needs of all recreation users of the…

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Water Quality Project Impinges on Equestrian Facilities

The ACT government has a commitment from the Commonwealth for money to make improvements to water quality in the Yarralumla Creek Catchment through a range of water and streamway management techniques. The Environment & Planning Directorate is now in public consultation mode. You can see their plans at the map at http://www.environment.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/752744/Yarralumla-Creek-Catchment-Options-ALLUVIUM-v5.pdf. You will see they include stream restoration to manage erosion and improve habitat…

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Works Approval for Cotter Road Stage 2 Duplication

Since 2011, the ACT Equestrian Association, through the Equestrian Park Management Group have been in discussions with RoadsACT about the proposed duplication of the Cotter Road between the Tuggeranong Parkway and Yarralumla Creek (Stage 2). As the duplicated carriageway will be constructed on the northern side of the existing road, Equestrian Park will be impacted in a variety of ways. During this four year process…

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ACTEA Committee for 2015-16

The ACT Equestrian Association held its Annual General Meeting on 11 June. The office bearers for 2015-16 are: President: Christine Lawrence Vice President: Gregory Calder Secretary: Beth Stone Treasurer: Debbie Morrissey Committee Members Cathy Banwell Ian Denman Julie Morris Judy Matusiewicz ACTEA welcomes Judy as a new Committee member. The President’s Annual Report for 2014-15 is here President’s Annual Report June 2015 The report to…

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Heritage Listing of the Equestrian Park Cross Country Course

ACTEA discovered by accident that the Equestrian Park Cross Country Course (the entire Block 1201) was included in the provisional listing of the Yarralaumla Woolshed and Outbuildings as ‘landscape setting’. You can read the Statement of Significance and other documents by clicking here. Luckily ACTEA and the National Capital Horse Trials Association were able to lodge a short submission before the deadline and seek an…

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Pegasus Crossing @ Streeton Drive

The long promised Pegasus Crossing at Streeton Drive is finally functional. This is the first such crossing in the ACT. Pegasus Crossings are common in the rural cities of England and the United States but the only other ones we know of in Australia are associated with Centennial Park in Sydney and a racecourse in Adelaide. Canberra’s first Pegasus Crossing maintains an old equestrian trail…

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