Cross Country and Show Jumping Arena

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Cross Country Course History

During the late 1980's, a time when the club was showjumping only, and run by the Dobsons and the Overtons. David Dobson was the regular instructor, and monthly meetings were held. Sometimes other instructors, often Guy Creighton were used. Barry Mottram was the treasurer, and meetings were held in his house on the edge of town.
Approximately 18 years ago, during the reign of a committee which included David Overton, Shirley Gott, Averil Hawthorne, Derik & Rita Dobson and Bill Doherty. Shirley Gott was was very keen on building a cross country course. She managed to get Harry LeBerz from Brisbane to come and design it. The club conducted some major fund raising, and the late Harry LeBerz built the embryo cross country course - none of which survives in the original form, although it involved the sunken road and the stairs.
Fence builder Graham Eastwell did the building, under Shirleys direction, however overseeing the course building was soon taken over by David Overton. David organised a brochure of the jumps we wanted, and gained funding from various organisations around Toowoomba and the Darling Downs. Without David Overton's hard work it could have been a financial disaster!
Averil Hawthorne was organising events around mid 1990's or so for a few years, and Kathy Humphrey recalls a 3 Day Event held in approx 1992, that she rode with a course that went through the present side show alley, the dog arena, behind the pig shed, and east to the cattle sheds and up to the top car park. In the 1980's and 1990's the club was famous for its Showjumping competitions, as part of the Alan Bond series.
In the 1990’s Sue Gunn helped redesign the Sunken road and put the cross country course through the flood gate, and showed us how to run an event properly, and how to prepare the course.
About 6 or 7 years ago, our club employed Wayne Copping from South Australia, who designed the Adelaide 3 Day event course, Lakes and Craters, and recently the SEA Games in Thailand. At the time, Wayne built around the top of the showgrounds, but since then the showground has become, so built up that we had to move some jumps, including the Jondaryan jump, which used to on the lawn area east of the caretaker's house. He designed The Bank, Mushrooms, and The Jetty. These were built with fund raising from film nights, catering for a night function for our ODE’s, schools with Stuart Tinney and Heath Ryan, and a grant from the Casino fund.
Unfortunately, wooden cross country jumps need constant care, and so, in September 2006, we obtained the services of Craig Gordon who has built at Adelaide 4 Star, Rolex Kentucky, and Badminton 4 Star, Wagga Wagga, Werribee 3DE. He built with the able help of Anthony Freeman – hence Anthony’s Angles!!
In 2007, the pony club with help from Anthony Freeman and others, also built the Bank and the Picnic Tables. Also last year we purchased some portables from the Pony Club.
The above Club History has been collated from information provided by past committee members - if you have some more information regarding our Club's History please contact our Club Secretary - see Contacts.
Now the cycle track has taken a large area of our cross country to help fund the RAS the Picnic tables and oxers have been moved. The Flood recovery funds helped build our new water jumps.
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