Your View: Historic pony club grounds

I WAS interested to read Maxine Tully’s letter regarding the history of the Kadina showground (YPCT 24-10-17).

Kadina is a historical town, and everything to do with our history should be preserved and noted on our tourist brochures.

The council is upgrading the CBD to attract tourists, but allowing much of our history to be forgotten.

As well as the showground there are other historical sites, and it would be interesting to hear how many other sites could be included in a historic memories brochure.

I have been involved with Kadina Pony Club for 40 years. This club uses the old Kadina/Wallaroo racecourse, but did use the showgrounds for a couple of years beforehand.

The racecourse was established in 1872, and official racing on the track ended in 1968 because of centralisation. However, pony club and Lions ran picnic race meetings until 1978. Official race meetings were moved to Balaklava, then to Gawler/Barossa. The Kadina/Wallaroo race committee amalgamated with Gawler/Barossa in 1982. When they sold the course to the council (for $1) they added a provisio to the sale, that the course of 57 hectares should always be kept for use by horses. At this stage pony club was already based there.

Pony club has established a cross-country jumping course suitable for state competitions on the grounds. It also holds zone and state gymkhanas and zone training camps, which bring extra people to our area, thus keeping the racecourse grounds alive as was intended by the racing committee.

We often have history buffs come onto the ground to photograph the buildings and ask about the history, as nothing is listed in the tourist information.

There will be nothing to attract tourists to the area if we don’t promote our history. I hope there will be more historical sites remembered as a result of your letter.

Jean Riedel, Kadina

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