Horse arena ready for Maffra Show

MAFFRA Agricultural Show Society will have its new horse arena ready for competition at this year’s Maffra show, to be held on October 26 and 27.

Maffra Show president Tim Dwyer said the $20,000, two tiered arena allowed for practice at the lower level with the main arena at the upper level.

“The watering system will keep the arena in tip top condition for jumping,” he said.

“The arena is away from the sideshows, which the competitors favour.

“Parking for larger vehicles and trucks will be available through gate D.

“This has been a huge undertaking and we are hoping to see regular competitors and many more (at this years show).”

Mr Dwyer said the society had received an $8000 grant from the Department of Primary Industries, with many local businesses also making significant contributions.

“Bundy Ag, Brown Wigg, M and K Gault, David Coridas, Michael Canny Excavating, Elders, Daly Stockfeed and Fertiliser, Gavan Healy Fencing and Greg Hair at Gippsland Farm Consulting Services were all instrumental in completing the project,” he said.

“Committee members also put in many hours of volunteer labour with fence building. We have a wonderful band of volunteers and this is another credit to them.”

Mr Dwyer said the arena would be ready for this years Maffra Show.

“We had good conditions for the uptake of grass and we are confident it will be ready for the show,” he said.

“The facility has been given a ‘big thumbs up’ by local jumping professional Gavin Chester.”