A $143,137 grant from the Nationals in Government to upgrade the facilities at the Tamworth Junior Riding and Pony Club will benefit junior riders for many years to come.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the overall cost of the upgrade was $153,137 and would include an amenities block to include a disabled toilet and shower block, installation of air-conditioning for the club house, installation of new kitchen facilities including new appliances and workspaces in the Club house.

“The club will be celebrating its 70th year in 2019 and it has been built over this time entirely by the dedication and commitment of its volunteer members,” Mr Anderson said.

“The upgrade of the facilities, with the support of the Stronger Country Communities Fund, will be a great way to celebrate this milestone anniversary and ensure its continued success for the future.

“This region has a great history of horse sports and our pony clubs do a great job instructing in horsemanship and most importantly making new friends and having fun.

“The Tamworth club is one of the few clubs in the state who own their own grounds and as such the maintenance and upkeep costs fall directly to the members to facilitate through fundraising and volunteering.

“It is significant that this volunteer group was able to contribute $10,000 to the overall upgrade and I want to congratulate the committee for its hard work. It’s an awful lot of sausage sizzles and cake stalls.”

Club president Victor Collett said when the club applied for the grant the aim was to make the grounds more user-friendly for people with disabilities.