Published online by Cobram Courier on December 19, 2013.
This article also appeared in print on December 18.
Cobram and District Pony Club president Barb Clarke is praising club members for the resilience they showed in rebuilding the club this year.
The club’s Sandmount Rd property was inundated by floods which devastated Victoria’s north-east in February and March last year.
Ms Clarke said most of the property was affected, and water was about 1.2m deep in some areas.
But 18 months on, the club’s membership has grown to more than five times what it was before the floods.
Cobram now has one of the biggest pony clubs in regional Victoria.
Ms Clarke said its community spirit had also attracted people from outside the horse riding community.
‘‘So many people have joined who never had much to do with horses before,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s not just kids who have got horses. Kids are joining first and then going to get a horse.’’
Ms Clarke became president of the club just weeks after the floods subsided.
She said the recovery process was as much about restoring the community spirit as restoring the club’s property.
‘‘It’s all started to fall into place now,’’ Ms Clarke said.
‘‘I think people wanted to help because they can see how hard we’re trying to improve.’’
A new building which will house the club’s kitchen and meeting facilities is nearly completed.
There is also a new septic system and upgraded cross country, showjumping and dressage arenas.
Ms Clarke said none of the work would have been possible without the funding from Moira Shire Council and community organisations like Kiwanis and Cobram Community Enterprise.
She said the club was given more than $50000 in grants.
‘‘It’s really good and it’s boosted morale.’’