Roma races August 15 at Bassett Park
Roma races August 15 at Bassett Park

Bassett Park ‘one of the worst’ places for horse facilities

HORSE owners could risk the possibility of not being able to keep their animals on-site if the racing stables at Bassett Park aren’t expanded before the 2021 Roma Show.

Roma Show Society vice president and chief horse steward Alanah Ladbrook wrote to Maranoa Regional Council on August 20, outlining her concerns with the stabling arrangements.

“Each time a new set of stables is built, it means less for the show horse competitors,” she wrote.

“The yards that have been developed behind the rodeo yards have taken away the section of horses that would have been in panels along the McPhee Street fence.

“I am concerned that stables, yards and camping space will be lost.”

Also given that racehorses are now allowed to stay in stables during the Show weekend, Mrs Ladbrook said the arrangements could potentially drive jockeys away from the Maranoa and communities further west.

“Speaking to some of the people who run horse events in the area, it is disappointing to find that the stabling, camping space and electricity availability are the reasons that these committees choose not to run large equestrian events at Bassett Park,” Mrs Ladbrook wrote.

“I find this quite sad.

“I have competed widely and have judged at shows from Atherton to Canberra.

“I am sorry to say that Roma is possibly one of the worst as far as stabling and camping facilities are concerned.”

The council will vote in their ordinary meeting tomorrow, October 28, on the following resolutions:

  • Acknowledge the receipt of Mrs Ladbrook’s correspondence
  • Proceed with the planned expansion of Bassett Park
  • Confirm that racehorses can remain accommodated in stables during the Roma Show
  • Confirm that recreational horse owners must vacate stables and feed rooms during the Roma Show, and the council enter into stable user agreements with horse owners that reflect this proposed requirement
  • Confirm that trainers are not able to train horses on the track during the week of the Roma Show, between 9am on the Sunday before the Show, and until 5pm on the Sunday after the show
  • Support the Roma Show Society to apply for external funding to improve the availability of dedicated horse accommodation during the Show
  • Work with the Show Society to identify alternative locations at Bassett Park for portable yards to temporarily accommodate horses away from the racehorse stabling area
  • Authorise the CEO, or delegate, to execute the user agreements with recreational horse owners in respect to use of stables at Bassett Park

In an ordinary council meeting on March 12, 2014, the council concluded that horseracing was a business and it wasn’t reasonable for trainers or owners to be required to find alternative accommodation, according to the council agenda.

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