Infrastructure NSW recently teamed up with several other agencies to deliver a specialised Horse Care and Safety Open Day that focused on helping owners keep their animals safe during natural disasters such as floods.
Over 100 horse owners from across the valley headed to the Richmond TAFE Equine Unit on Sunday 14 July to take part in the day, which featured masterclasses with former National Champion rider and coach Colleen Brook, film and TV horse trainer Cody Rawson Harris, and high performance showjumping manager Todd Hinde.
The event was one of the many activities underway as part of the Flood Strategy’s Community Resilience Program, which aims to increase the community’s awareness and preparedness for floods now and into the future.
Robyn Preston, Member for the Hawkesbury attended the event and said the high number of large animal and pet owners in the region means making sure owners are prepared for disaster is essential.
The day was a Hawkesbury-Nepean Animal Ready Community Project supported by NSW SES, the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Risk Management Strategy, Greater Sydney Local Land Services, Department of Primary Industries, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Agnes Banks Equine Clinic, Rural Fire Service, and Hawkesbury City Council.