Safe and Thankful

By Bev Jordan

Horse owner Coco Miles from Windsor Stables on Pitt Town Road, McGarths Hill evacuated 26 horses with family, staff and friends on Sunday (March 21).

Most she said were dotted around at “family and friends places” but she took 11 to Castle Hill Showground where she has been living for the week.

Her family have been on the 60-acre property for nearly 20 years where they breed, train and coach show jumping horses.

It is the first time they have had to evacuate. ”We had a plan. When the floods started coming in it was hard to know how it was going to progress, as they days went on it changed from being an ordinary Hawkesbury flood to the water really rising quickly.

Safe and Thankful“As soon as it started looking more than a low-level flood we started moving them to friends’ places.

“Water did get to the house but we have a new facility that we only completed 18 months ago that’s been inundated which included paddocks and shelters.’At the end of the day it’s just stuff, the horses and people got out ok.”

Ludovic Bernadat who runs Bernadat Equestrian at Oakville evacuated seven of his prized horses to Castle Hill Showground.

He says he only opened up the centre 18 months ago and most of it was under water. The damage bill will be huge but at least his family and horses got out safely.

On Thursday he was in a kayak surveying the flood damage to his equestrian centre.

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