Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Vandals Trash Our Pony Club; Gladstone Horse Performance Club Property Was Targeted by Motorcycle Vandals

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Vandals Trash Our Pony Club; Gladstone Horse Performance Club Property Was Targeted by Motorcycle Vandals

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Byline: Emily Pidgeon Emily.Pidgeon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

HORSES are being left spooked after vandals constantly wreak havoc on Gladstone's pony club.

Gladstone Horse Performance Club president Candice Sansom said they were fed up with motorcycle vandals coming in and ripping up their arenas.

"They're ripping out the ground by doing burnouts and we need to keep it flat for horses," Ms Sansom.

"I would say in the last 12 months we've spent $2500 in damages to the top arena."

Ms Sansom said the motorcycle riders had also "yanked" padlocks from their gate.

Adding to the financial stress of an already expensive sport, vice president Kylie Herrmann said the vandals were taking money from the community.

"We need so much money for horse things but we need to spend it on cameras and it's not fair taking money from horse events and the community," Ms Herrmann said."We're fixing something again and again, in our own time for our kids, and they're spoiling our kid's hobby. …

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