IF it wasn’t for strong community interest, the facilities at Fulham Lodge would have probably remained closed to the general public today.
When Geoff and Hikka Grogan, originally from Ensay, purchased the facility on Hopkins Rd, Fulham, they had intended to keep the property for personal use but after strong interest from the community, decided to refurbish the facility and re-open it to the public.
Having sold their property at Ensay recently, the Grogans initially decided to purchase Fulham Lodge for private use.
“We have had so much enthusiasm from the community since we purchased Fulham Lodge a few months ago, with so many people wanting to know if it’s going to be a horse riding facility again once more and the good news is yes,” Hikka said.
“It didn’t take long to realise that so many people in the area wanted to use these wonderful facilities as well and we have decided to open it up for everyone to enjoy.”
Hikka said they had spent a considerable amount of time and money bringing the facilities back up to scratch, with an ambition to get the arena back to its glory days.
The Grogans have more than 30 years experience in the industry, mainly involved in breeding quarter horses, Paints and recently Appaloosas, with two stallions standing at stud.
Hikka said staff all combined their skills from breaking in two-year-olds, to advanced manouvres.
Hikka said the Gippsland Equestrian Centre was available for greater public use as a mutli-purpose venue including festivals, rodeos, exhibitions, trade shows and small farm field days or agricultural shows.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.