Up until October 2011, the Club operated for over 16 years on Malabar Headland, providing horse riding tuition and community equestrian programs for children, adults, people with disabilities and local indigenous youths. Sadly, with the proposed remediation of the Malabar Headland, our group was forced to vacate the headland.
Recently, thanks to the NSW State Government, including the Premier Mr Barry O'Farrell and local MP Bruce Notley-Smith, the South East Equestrian Club has been leased a small parcel of land in Franklin Street Matraville. The club has had the support of the wider community and also garnered support from respected equine bodies including leading trainer Gai Waterhouse and the Australian Light Horse in the battle to retain these community activities.
At present the land is overgrown and will require a significant amount of work to bring it to a standard that is ready to again serve the local community.
Over the past two decades our members used their own labour to create a sanctuary in the city on the Malabar Headland. Such bare hands work included the erection of fences, stables, yards and arenas, earth had to be levelled, rocks, rubbish and weeds had to be removed, and the infrastructure developed had to be painted and maintained. The wider community reaped the reward of this effort. We now need to start all over again!
The land requires a lot of work, such as clearing and levelling, weeds and rubbish will need to be removed, fences, yards and arenas need to be established, and utilities such as water and electricity connected.
This will take a lot of commitment and dedication to the cause but we are ready for the challenge!!!