Acting Mayor Anthony Michael and Inverell Equestrian Council (IEC) president Russell Hamel opened the new stable complex last Sunday.
The appreciative audience included Inverell Shire's delegate to the IEC Cr Di Baker, with Cr Paul King, Cr Stewart Berryman, Council's Director of Economic and Community Sustainability Mr Scott Norman and his wife, the Equestrian Council's Executive, Ted Edmonds and horse lovers.
This was accomplished through a Commonwealth Grant of $150,000 which was a component of Inverell Shire's Councils (ISC) $1 million Drought Economic Stimulus funding.
All materials were sourced locally and the complex was well built by local builder Ted Edmonds on time and in budget.
Mr Tim Russell oversaw the completion of the stable complex including 30 stables, a storage shed, wash bays and a rain water tank which was almost filled immediately.
The opening was planned with a Fun Challenge Day which attracted 40 riders and ISC supplied a complimentary lunch.
Much to the delight of the crowd, the beautiful voices of the Inverell Singers Choir entertained everyone at lunch time with well known songs including popular country and western songs.
The stables proved they were needed, and were greatly appreciated, when the weather turned very cold and wet as the riders now had a safe place in which to put their horses under cover to remain dry.
These stables will now allow the grounds to be used for weekend and overnight activities which will broaden the use of the grounds and accomplish the aim of the grant, ongoing economic benefit for Inverell district.
These grounds are planned to be developed still further and will bring many people and events into Inverell. Thanks go to the IEC for their volunteering spirit and vision which has given this facility to the people of Inverell district.
It is free for people to use with the exception of planned events and bookings can be made at Baker's Barn Saddlery 45-47 Vivian St Inverell on 67223599.