The Official Opening of the Gunnedah Show Society equine facilities was held on 12 December 2016 with representatives from Gunnedah Shire Council and the Show Society in attendance.
In 2011 the Show Society applied for a Community Fund grant for $89,000 to demolish and remove an old stable block that was built in the 1950's and construct a facility that can house up to 80 horses. The showground is extensively used for equine events as well as the Gunnedah Annual Show and the new complex will assist in attracting competitors from further afield and provide safer facilities for both horses and riders.
George Truman, past President and current Committee member said, "After many years of planning and discussion the new stable block has been completed. With the increasing interest and involvement of people in equestrian sports the Society recognised the need to update facilities and this would not have been possible without the funding from Shenhua Watermark, and many hours of volunteer time by members of the Show Society and others. It has taken time to plan the location in regard to Council's Showground Master Plan, the type of structure, removal of the old stables and erect the new complex."
Councillor Owen Hasler who was the former Chair of the Shenhua Community Fund Advisory Committee said, "The new stable block would be another asset to the complex and the plan is to make it more attractive for equine sports. As a community we sincerely thank Shenhua for their support of this facility."
Shenhua Community Liaison Officer, Debra Watson, a horse rider herself said, "The new stable complex is an amazing improvement providing a bigger and safer area for horses. When you have facilities like this, you draw a higher capacity of horses and hence more visitors to the town. Shenhua is proud to be able to support a much needed enhancement to the Showground facilities."
Pictured are Debra Watson (Shenhua Community Liaison Officer, Councillor Gae Swain, Gerry McDonald (Shenhua HR Manager) and Show Society Committee members George Truman and Helen Cygan.