March 28, 2017
Strathbogie’s newest equine facility, the Euroa Horse Park is celebrating its 1st birthday on Easter Saturday (April 15th) with a sausage sizzle, farm tours and a performance horse sale.
The event is to showcase the completion of Stage One of this exciting new facility. With a little over twelve months of work and planning by owner Vanessa Hawkins, the property has been transposed from a four-paddock sheep farm into the beginnings of a major equestrian centre.
The 262 acre Euroa Horse Park is located off a sealed road just a few kilometres from the quaint township of Euroa, with easy access to the Hume Freeway. The picturesque property is ideally situated for its new role with gently undulating hills on sandy loam soils, overlooking the magnificent Strathbogie ranges.
The planning has been done on the run whilst Vanessa drove thousands of kilometres relocating her ESB stud with seventy horses from her property near Bendigo. The work has involved countless hours of ramming and painting over a thousand fence posts; installing over 9kms kilometres of Horserail fencing; hanging over 120 gates; contracting hundreds of hours of earthmoving; shifting 1500 tonne of gravel and sand; installing 29 water troughs and relocating five buildings just as a start.
As one of Australia’s leading producers of high performance eventing horses, Vanessa Hawkins, decided to relocate her Equine Sports Breeding (ESB) business from near Bendigo to its new home in Euroa in pursuit of greener pastures and a better location.
The ESB stud has produced more top level (four star) eventing horses than any other stud in Australia. ESB progeny have competed at major international events in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, USA and the United Kingdom as well as winning a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 with Megan Jones’s Irish Jester. A select number of these talented youngsters are for sale and will be shown on Easter Saturday.
With an extensive background in the horse industry, Euroa Horse Park is the realisation of Ms Hawkins’ long term vision to showcase The Horse and help people understand the significance of the industry and its role in our society. Her aim is to bring together her Olympic breeding program with first class education and training facilities in the one location to support and encourage the next generation of horse lovers and riders.
“I want to create a unique place where people can come together to learn more about The Horse and the plethora of opportunities within the horse Industry. I searched for eighteen months up and down the eastern parts of Australia for the best location and property before finding this beautiful place. I was attracted by the beauty of the countryside but further research made me realise how well suited the conditions are for horses and why the area is known as the ‘Horse Capital of Victoria’.
From my very first inquiries I found the local people and the Strathbogie Shire council incredibly welcoming and I knew that I wanted to be part of this outstanding and professional equine community” said Vanessa.
“The April 15th event is not an official opening, that will be after Stage 2 is complete but more of a notice to let people know that we are open for business.”
Stage 1 of the Euroa Horse Park development incorporates the Euroa Agistment Centre, combining first class agistment facilities for any type of horse with training areas for dressage, show jumping and eventing including a water jump, and caters for all levels of riders. Short and long term agistment is available for people in the area or just travelling through. The property will host regular clinics and will also be available for private and group hire. The ESB program will provide breeding services and stand two stallions at stud next season.
Stage 2 will see a large stable block constructed with an undercover riding area and a cross country course as well as educational facilities and programs with live streaming to national and international coaches.
Stage 3 will include more arenas, equestrian competitions and an indoor arena with a saddlery, museum and café.
The Euroa Horse Park has already attracted one of Australia’s rising stars on the eventing scene, Miss Sophia Landy, who has relocated her own rider and horse training business to the property. Sophia who placed at Adelaide International 3DE didn’t take long to establish her presence and won the Strathbogie Show Jumping Championship within weeks of being in the area.
“I’m very excited about being in such a fantastic horse area and being part of Vanessa’s vision. We’d like to take this opportunity to invite people to visit us on April 15th and find out more about what we offer” say’s Sophia.
“Our 1st Birthday celebration will give people a chance to see the early development of the farm, view the ESB horses for sale and register their interest in our future clinics and activities.
Euroa Horse Park’s Easter event is open to all visitors with an interest in The Horse. Lunch will be available and we’ll give some farm tours, talks and demonstrations about some of the ESB horses available for sale.”
Euroa Horse Park (EHP) 1st Birthday will be held on Saturday, April 15th 2017 from 10am to 3pm
An official open day will be planned in the future.
Please feel free to text or call Vanessa Hawkins on 0417 363 710
Visit www.esbhorses.com for details of horses for sale and stallions at stud.
Visit www.euroahorsepark.com.au for directions, times and to register as a ‘Friend of Euroa Horse Park’ (FEHP) for details of future events.
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