The WHT Club
The Warwick Horse Trials (WHT) Club was formed in 1996 with an inspection of Morgan Park grounds by a local group of equestrian enthusiasts. Since then a small group of dedicated volunteers has brought the Club to the level it is at present, transforming a piece of virgin bush land into a picturesque, park like setting. The WHT Club has always been mindful of the need for clear direction and set long term objectives to construct the best One-Day Event course in Australia and ultimately develop the best Three-Day Event as well.
Through working with local government to lease the current block of land and secure a low interest loan, the Club attracted funding from the Department of Sports and Recreation. Matched by their own fundraising the Club set about construction. Advised by the best Australian riders a course was designed and the services of the top course builder in the country were engaged.
Within four years the Club ran the National Championships - the largest event ever run in Australia. The effort put in by this Club is little short of astounding - over 70 weekends in two years that amounts to over $100,000 in labour in kind. Local business has been supportive with the loan of equipment and Club members have eagerly snapped up the opportunity to use this gear to further enhance the course. A lot of success has to be attributed to the fantastic facilities of the Warwick Polocrosse Club. By working together we have been able to channel all our resources into our core business. In addition, the WHT Club works actively with community groups to ensure the ongoing viability of the facility for the benefit of all people.
With the course now valued at over $500,000, offering some of the best facilities in country, officially recognized as the State Eventing Centre and recently selected for the staging of the 2007 FEI Eventing World Cup Qualifier, the WHT Club is proud of it's achievements and dedicated hard work.
2006 was extremely successful for the club as the rewards of many years of hard work started to materialize. The club was awarded the Equestrian Federation of Australia, 2006 Club of the Year award, the 2006 Equestrian Triequathon was awarded the Equestrian Queensland Event of the Year, Cherry Lawlor (Treasurer) was named Equestrian Queensland Administrator of the Year, Cathy Goddard (Committee) was named the Equestrian Queensland Volunteer of the Year, Simon Goddard (President) was named the Sports Federation of QLD Administrator of the Year AND the club, as a whole, won the Eventing Queensland Premiership.
2007 - what a year. Equine Influenza struck during the hosting of the FEI Eventing World Cup Qualifier on the 25th and 26th of August. 42 days in quarantine!!!! A very stressful time but the local community and the government were very supportive and we all got through. This was the catalyst for the club to move operations entirely to the Warwick Horse Trials grounds.
A huge amount of work occurred in late 2007 and early 2008 and we were ready to host our first event form our own grounds in March 2008. 200 yards, 2.5km of water pipe, club house, toilet block, new competition surface and... a trot up track!!!! We hosted the FEI Eventing World Cup qualifier in on the 26th and 27th of July - 11 months later and we are entirely independent!
In all, the club is in great shape and looking to a wonderful future.