A number of new horse training facilities at the Strathalbyn Racing Club officially opened after the state government funded a total of $ 210,000.

New amenities include four wash bays and a horse sand roller that coaches can use as part of the club’s thoroughbred facilities.

The upgrades were officially unveiled by Secretary of State for Recreation, Sports and Racing Corey Wingard on Thursday, August 12, and are part of the state government’s $ 24 million stimulus package.

Minister Wingard said the state government is proud of its partnership with Racing SA.

“Especially the focus on providing the infrastructure that actually allows the industry to grow … we are overjoyed about that,” he said.

Hopping around: Minister for Leisure, Sports and Racing Corey Wingard is testing one of four new wash bays. Photo: Jack Manning.

“The Marshall government has invested nearly $ 30 million in the racing industry since 2018, once again showing how serious we are in partnering with South Australian racing to advance a dynamic industry and create jobs.

“It is exciting to see how the industry is responding to the investments we are making and the benefits being achieved across the state.

“One of the things I love about the racing industry is that it creates jobs everywhere, be they coaches, owners or people who work on race days … there really is a job for everyone in racing.”

Nick Redin, CEO of Racing SA, said the new facilities are an important infrastructure for the future of horse racing in the region.

“Strathalbyn can proudly boast 40 coaches with companies of various sizes, all of whom create jobs and make economic contributions to the local community,” said Redin.

“Not only will those currently working at Deutsche Bahn benefit from these new facilities, but they will also make the location more attractive for trainers in the region and beyond.

“We are grateful for the state government’s continued support and investment that enables improvements to drive growth in all areas of the industry.”

Before building the new facilities, the Strathalbyn Racing Club consulted with local trainers to determine their needs.

The old washing areas on the track were over 50 years old and were built by volunteers. Since then, the number of horses in the club has tripled, as have the nominations for race day.

Kristy Martin, CEO of the Strathalbyn Racing Club, said the new infrastructure was important to meet the needs of local coaches.

“The end result exceeded all expectations, with four spacious covered washing areas for horses that provide cold or warm water when needed, and with a non-slip surface to ensure safety,” said Ms. Martin.

“The sand roller is specifically designed to fit into the new space and allow horses to roll comfortably, provide therapy and aid with their grooming.

“Given our central location to the Adelaide Hills and the Fleurieu Peninsula, with Goolwa Beach in the immediate vicinity, Strathalbyn offers an ideal location for horse training and many of the adjacent properties benefit from in-house boxes.

“The feedback has already been incredibly positive and these new facilities will certainly help us to look after current and future trainers in the long term.”

At the official opening, Heysen member Josh Teague said that Strathalbyn is an important part of horse racing in South Australia.

“Developments like this are important and ensure we can get the industry here and the public here to enjoy this fantastic environment,” said Teague.

“Improvements to facilities like this are so important and congratulations to everyone who has contributed.”