A group of people stand along a fence, two of them are on horseback. All smile at the camera.

Cowra’s Riding for the Disabled and Pony Club’s home at the Cowra Showground will be getting a boost from the NSW Government’s Showground Stimulus.

A $381,763 grant was announced by the Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today which will fund the construction of arena, a disabled toilet block and a shade structure.

The showground previously received $82,500 from the stimulus program to build roads, install power connections for additional camping sites, improve laundry facilities, install solar lighting and construct additional disabled toilet facilities.

Ms Cooke said the investment was helping to create a more accessible community space.

“Showgrounds are such an important space in our communities and this work will ensure the many Riding for the Disabled and Pony Club attendees can enjoy the sport they love,” Ms Cooke said.

“Accessibility is vital and this means everyone from volunteers, riders and spectators can be more comfortable when they visit the showground.”

“There has been a lot of dedication from the land managers and the community to get this work underway, so I know it will be greatly enjoyed when it is complete.”

Treasurer Councillor Ruth Fagan said the improvements would be a huge boost to the showground’s users.

“This is fantastic, it will be a real boost to our stakeholders, the Riding for the Disabled and the Pony Club in particular who have more than 50 users of the showground every week,” Cr Fagan said.

“This helps us offer an accessible amenities block for those riders and their volunteers and will also mean the riders can participate in all weathers which will make a huge difference to them.”

“We’ve been seeking funding for this project for a couple of years so this is very exciting.”