riding for the DISABLED (NSW) BALLINA AND DISTRICTS BRANCH
The incredible bequest of Glen Burnie to RDA NSW, in 2013 coupled with Brian McNamara’s intention for Ballina and Districts Branch to use it as our centre, has brought a huge responsibility. Our committee’s immediate focus was to develop the infrastructure to a point that it could support our riders and sustain our herd, with as little disruption to classes as possible. This focus has seen us build fences, dressing rooms, toilets, the round yard, arena, arena roof, add water tanks, irrigation, horse shelters, a car park, a driveway, plant over 200 trees, install stables, and water troughs! Another outcome of these amazing achievements, has led us to a process of Strategic Planning which we are still working on.
After many workshops, meetings, discussions, online & face to face surveys, and other thought provoking activities, a number of exciting ideas have surfaced. These support and enhance a strong connection with our purpose, that we are here to provide lessons and equine experiences to disabled riders. However, the management of this large acreage and sense of responsibility to our greater community, requires enormous focus and capital with short and long term planning being crucial to the sustainability and success of the McNamara Centre.