Eltham Lower Park, Victoria, Australia

SAVE Eastern Region

Adult Riders Club from development into a Dog Park!

Nestled deep in the Diamond Valley, in a picturesque parkland setting , Eastern Region Adult Riders aims to support all levels of rider from beginner to advanced


A Word from our President

Proposed changes to Eltham Lower Park by Nillumbik Council to turn Equestrian riding area
into a Dog Park
Requesting feedback be sent to Nillumbik Council before THIS Sunday 15th September 11.59pm
Dear fellow equine owners and enthusiasts,
We apologise for the last-minute notice but are hoping you can assist the Eastern Region Adult Riding Club to send
feedback to Nillumbik Council regarding their current proposal to turn our current riding arenas into a dog park area.
Background: Nillumbik Council have been given a Federal Government Grant to upgrade the facilities at Eltham
Lower Park. Their plan is to create a huge dog park on the current sand arenas used for equestrian activities by both
Clubs. The Council are not renewing the Lease to Eltham Pony Club and Eastern Region A.R.C.
The Pony Club has been on this site since the 1950’s and the Adult Riders since the 1970’s.
With your help we can send Council a message that equestrian activities are still valued and viable within Eltham
Lower Park. Diversity in all recreational activities can be achieved within this large space. Horses and dogs can quite
easily co-exist together in this area with a few sensible rules. With productive use of this Government funding, it has
the potential to create very safe and enjoyable areas for both horse and dog activities. The Council cannot give us a
viable reason as to why equestrian activities must be removed from this area that has been our home for the past 50
plus years.
The Grant could be put to very good use in upgrading the facilities in this area – including safer fencing (for dogs and
horses), new toilet facilities, seating areas, drinking fountains etc. So much more could be done to enhance and
beautify this area- without the need to completely remove the equestrian activities.
We would be grateful if you could take a few moments to view the proposed changes to our grounds and submit
feedback to the Council. We apologise for the very short notice – ALL feedback MUST be submitted prior to
11.59pm THIS Sunday evening (5th October).
The link for feedback can be found on the Nillumbik Website: https://participate.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/elp-dog-park
Once here you can view their proposed plan and then provide feedback by going to the section titled: “Tell us your
thoughts “ and click on the “Take me to the survey” section.
As you will see, this proposed plan only refers to the Dog Park plans – there is no option to keep the equestrian
activities present. We would be grateful if you would suggest in the options that equestrian activities need to remain
in Eltham Lower Park.
Other ways of assisting are:

  • One of our members, Mel , has created a petition to provide further feedback to the council. This can
    be found at: https://chng.it/fdcrYjjNcY
  • Contact our local Mayor and Councillors with your feedback. Their email addresses are available on the
    Nillumbik Webpage under the ‘Councillors and elections/Councillors’ via this link:
    We really appreciate your assistance in taking the time to provide your feedback about this issue to keep the
    equestrian spirit alive in Eltham Lower Park. Please spread the word to all your Club Members and ‘horsey’ family,
    friends and neighbours.
    Feel free to contact me with any questions on 0408 123 523 or via email: janorris@iprimus.com.au
    Thanking you in anticipation of your support,
    Julie Norris
    President, Eastern Region Adult Riding Club (ERARC Inc)

The Aims of ERARC

We pride ourselves on being a friendly, relaxed supportive and accessible club, and we aim to welcome all levels of horse and rider, and we aim cater to all level and discliplines of riding.

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Quality instructors attend on a weekly basis, providing expert coaching in stunning surroundings

Featured Members

Meet our Featured members and their beloved mounts,

As you can see we have a diverse range of riders at our club and all levels, ages, types and discliplines are catered for!


Phoebe says: This is me and Gypsy Cob X Bessie. Bessie does super dressage work, is also a great training riding pony, and will be soon broken to harness. She also keeps getting stolen by my 9 year old daughter!


Ingrid says: I am the oldest member and this is my soon to be dressage pony Leo, he clearly prefers jumping. My other horse Fred is learning tempi changes and now throws them in constantly!


Yvonne says: This is Nelson and I. Nelson is an Arabian Warmblood and he has given me so much pleasure on our journey together . He has achieved many good performances including Championships at TTT events but he is just a lovely horse to own!


Emma says: Dancer and i enjoy Dr, Sj, and Xc.. our next aim is to get to L1.. Also would like to give Nav rides and 3 Phase Equitation a try.. Love the friendly, inclusive and helpfulness of ERARC members…

Our Coaches

Adam Benson
NCAS Level 1 Coach

Adam is a competitive successful CCI**** rider, who has been awarded Victorian Amateur rider of the year, and Young Ambassador (rider) of the year. He has competed successfully at prestigious events such as Adelaide International 3de CC****, Melbourne and Sydney 3de***, and HSBC Sydney World Cup CCIw***. 

Chris Smith
NCAS Level 1 Coach

Chris has competed and coached at the top level of eventing for more than 20 years, he has placed at World Cup Qualifiers and was awarded Victorian Event Rider of the Year. He has evented in the UK where he was based and trained with 3-time Badminton winner Ian Stark. Chris is currently competing at 2-star level on a failed racehorse he rescued from going to the market.  

Ian Smith
NCAS Level 1 Coach

Training is important to both horse and rider and Ian believes that one can never have enough training, no matter how good you think you are, it is vitally important to have a coach who gives positive encouragement and has the knowledge and experience to achieve the “correct way of going” in the horse and rider partnership and is someone who can also provide qualified eyes on the ground.

Affiliated with Horse Riding Clubs Association of Victoria (HRCAV)