ACTEA Annual Awards

At its Annual General meeting on Thursday 14 June the ACT Equestrian Association announced the 2017 recipients of its awards to honour members of the local equestrian community. As well as having their names added to the brag boards in the Kiosk at Equestrian Park recipients each revived a $200 gift voucher. The Encouragement Award, for riders under 26 years of age who show sportsmanship…

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At Last! New Float Parking at Stromlo Forest Park

Great news for people who don’t keep their horses next door to Stromlo Forest Park. Park management has delivered on a commitment to make float parking available on the land between the Mount Stromlo Road and the Stromlo Equestrian Centre. Entrance is via the locked gate on the left hand side of the Mount Stromlo Road as you drive up the hill. There is enough…

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Water Works at Fadden Pines

Work on the Rain Garden in Fadden Pines, part of ACT Healthy Waterways Project, is about start. Construction of the perimeter fencing as started. For the duration of the project the equestrian access along Isabella Drive will be rerouted as shown by the blue dotted line in this plan. There will be signage in place to direct riders. It will still be possible to use…

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Recreational Drones and Horses

The ACT Equestrian Association has been talking to various government agencies about the problems experienced by horse owners with irresponsibly flown recreational drones. There are now many thousands of these things in the Australian community and not all of them are flown responsibly. While the Commonwealth Aviation Safety Authority has responsibility for our airspace they cannot police it all and tend to concentrate on keeping…

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Inquiry into Value of Canberra’s Urban Bushland

The ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services has invited submissions to its inquiry into the value of the natural environment to an urbanising Canberra. They will be inquiring into the level of public support for and satisfaction with the amount and quality of nature and natural environment areas in Canberra, particularly in urban areas. They are interested in views…

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Cotter Road Upgrade Rolls to an End

The Minister for Transport, Meegan Fitzharris, will officially open the new eastbound carriageway of the Cotter Road at noon on Monday 14 May. It will be a short ceremony in the driveway of Equestrian Park attended by a small crowd of public officials and journalists. If you usually bring your  horse to the Park at lunch time on a Monday please be prepared to find…

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PEGASUS Open Day 2018

The 2018 Annual Pegasus Open Day is on this Saturday and they would be delighted if you could join them!  It’s a great opportunity to visit and discover what Pegasus is all about. It’s a day to celebrate everything Pegasus, and have a fun family day out. When:             Saturday, 5 May 10am – 3pm Where:            Pegasus Farm 119 Drake Brockman Drive Holt Activities…

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Changes to BNT Route in Belconnen

Due to the ongoing development of the Ginninderry estate there are changes to the route of the BNT between Parkwood Road and Stockdill Drive in two stages FROM TODAY. These will mostly affect riders from the Belconnen Pony Club, Parkwood Paddocks and Pine Ridge but there are others who use this stretch of the BNT apart from long distance travellers. The aim is to get…

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Molonglo River Reserve Draft Management Plan open for comment

The ACT Equestrian Association has been actively negotiating for continued and improved access to the fire trails now to be included in the new Molonglo River Reserve since 2011. This Reserve stretches from the Scrivener Dam to the Molonglo’s confluence with the Murrumbidgee. The Molonglo River Reserve Draft Reserve Management Plan, now open for public comment, is a statutory plan, required under the ACT Planning…

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Riding in the Arboretum

If you are planning a ride in the National Arboretum please stick to the equestrian trails. Recently a large group of riders was asked to leave the area around the eagle’s nest at the top of Dairy Farmers Hill. This area contains a huge underground water tank, covered by a layer of top soil, which gravity feeds to the Arboretum irrigation system. It is a…

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