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Galston Rural Sports Facility

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published April 15th 2020
A free space for anyone needing to ride or train their horse
The Galston Rural Sports Facility is designed for horse-lovers. A showground-like venue, it consists of grass arenas, a generous car park and a 675 metre trail around the perimeter of the facility.

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The first of the two main arenas, recently mown after heavy rain.


There are two main arenas at the facility, as well as a third, smaller arena can serve as a training area or a car park depending on your preference (there are letters placed around it, ready for dressage practise). Other facilities include a day yard, canteen and toilets.

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The second large arena, as well as the canteen and toilets.


Casual use of the facility is free and possible every day except Christmas Day. The space can also be hired for events and is most suited to equestrian competitions, riding schools and canine activities.

Because of regular bookings, Sundays are usually unavailable for casual users during certain hours: the Galston Equestrian Club and Arcadia Pony Club are both based here and use the facility on alternate weeks. However, at the time of writing they've both had to suspended their events due to the Covid-19 crisis. The facility itself is still open though (at least unofficially, in that it hasn't been locked up and I regularly see people and horse floats in there).

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The car park has plenty of room for horse floats.


Galston Rural Sports Facility is well-maintained by Hornsby Council. The grass is mowed often and I've seen council workers clean up branches after storms.

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The trail. I've watched workers pile a truck with fallen branches after a storm in order to keep the trail clear.


The sports facility is located across the road from the extremely popular Fagan Park, which is also worth checking out. Interestingly, prior to the development of Galston Rural Sports Facility, equestrian facilities were repeatedly proposed for Fagan Park, but always quashed. If you want to visit Fagan Park (you can't with horses, unfortunately) you'll need to access it from Arcadia Road or Carrs Road.

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Galston Rural Sport Facility is located on the corner of Bayfield Road and Mansfield Road. The main entrance is on Mansfield Road.

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Why? It's perfect for anyone wanting to train or ride their horses
When: 8.00am to 6.00pm, every day except Christmas day
Phone: (02) 9847 6058
Where: On the corner of Bayfield Road and Marsden Road in Galston. Entry is olld Mardens Road.
Cost: Free
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