Perth horse riders praise decision to overturn beach riding ban

The decision to ban horses using a popular beach in Perth's northern suburbs has been overturned.

Horses and their riders will now be allowed to use the 160 metres stretch of Hillarys beach off Whitfords Avenue again, after the ban was overturned by the Legislative Council.

Horses were prohibited from the beach in January early this year when the City of Joondalup adopted the Animals Amendment Local Law to phase the closure of the horse beach over four years.

North Metropolitan MLC Martin Pritchard told the Joondalup Times his successful motion to overwrite the local law amendment received support from every member in the chamber.

"We believe it was ill advised to close the beach," he said.

"However, the City was taking responsibility for all the northern suburbs horse owners and we thank them for that and hope they can continue to do so until such time as another solution is found...However, we felt it was in the best interest of all constituents to overwrite the law."

Perth's equine community has long called for the City of Joondalup to provide an alternative location following the closure of the Hillarys Horse Beach.

Local resident Sue Crabbe said she was delighted the decision had been overturned.

"We love seeing the horses being exercised down there and it's become a bit of a tourist attraction for any overseas visitors we have visiting," she said.

Perth Pets in Need group administrator Mel Johnson said the decision was a positive outcome for horse owners until a more appropriate solution could be found.

"We hope moving forward, both the Wanneroo and Joondalup councils can make provisions for a safe area for owners to exercise horses away from dogs," she said.

"The majority of dogs are not socialised with horses so we feel a buffer zone between dog and horse beaches would vastly reduce the number of future incidents between users.

"It is important that local governments are progressive by being inclusive of all pet owners and catering for their need."

Concerns between dogs and horses sharing beaches were raised after an 11-year-old Mariginiup girl was attacked by a dog while riding her horse on the beach in January.

The mother of the girl, Jill Armstrong, told the Joondalup Times her daughter was riding when a dog bit her left foot.

"Horses and dogs don't mix...this is the second friend of mine that has had a horse attacked at this beach," she said.

The City of Joondalup is looking to identify other suitable areas within the northern corridor to host more animal exercise beaches.

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