THE call has gone out for all past and present members of the Derwent Valley Horse Riders Association to rally around to celebrate the group’s 30th anniversary on November 28.
Formed in 1990 in response to the closure of tracks around Tynwald Park to horse riders, the club initially organised regular trail rides at a range of venues as well as hosting instruction days and games days at Gleeson Park, Lachlan, and events such as horse shows on the Esplanade at New Norfolk.
In 1999, the search for a home base led the Derwent Valley Horse Riders and the Derwent Pony Club to lease the ground in the centre of the pacing track at Kensington Park, New Norfolk. This provided a central location for regular instruction days and a venue for larger events such as dressage days and gymkhanas. This was an excellent venue, but use was limited by the fact that events could only be staged when the pacing track was not in use.
By 2000, the Derwent Valley Horse Riders and Derwent Pony Club had signed a joint lease on Crown land adjoining the Kensington Park pacing track. This became known as the Kensington Park Equestrian Centre and thanks to generous support from local business, an all-purpose, all-weather arena was constructed.
Since then, holding yards and a storage shed have been built as well as the initial development of cross country and agility courses. In 2017 the opportunity arose to relocate a transportable building for use as joint clubrooms. This now gives the Kensington Park Equestrian Centre some of the best facilities in the state.
The grounds are also shared with Eponas Horse Archers and are a stop-over point for the Tasmanian Trail. The Derwent Valley Horse Riders has grown over its 30 years from a relatively small but very enthusiastic club with around 20 members to nearly 60 members this year.
This has helped strengthen the club while it still focuses on supporting all members in their varied equestrian activities. Trail rides are still held regularly. Instruction days or rallies are held monthly and regular competitions include horse shows, dressage days, three-phase events (dressage, show jumping and agility), and the Kensington Equine Challenge is a team games event involving agility obstacles.
All past and present members and friends are invited to join the 30th anniversary celebration which will be held in the clubrooms at Kensington Park Equestrian Centre at 5pm on November 28. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org