The Creation of Avoca Park
written by Leanne Williams
It seems like an age ago but realistically it is all within our lifetime.
In 1991 I saw this 12 acres for sale, in a place called Macclesfield, no-one had heard of it. I came and had a look and it just felt right, unfortunately we couldn’t afford it. It was 12 acres of Tee Tree with not a thing on it.
I watched it for over 8 months and it slowly came down in price, eventually it got to a price close to what we could afford, so we put an offer in, the real estate agent rang back with an acceptance of our offer in I would say, 2 ½ minutes. Somehow, I don’t think we bartered enough, but it doesn’t matter now.
We paid our deposit and took over ownership 3 months later, we were renting about ½ and hour away in Mt Evelyn at the time. We moved the horses onto the block and then purchased our selves a 20 x 40 foot shed. We spent every weekend building and preparing for us and the horses. We’d paid our deposit in the April and taken over in the July, right in the middle of a Macclesfield Winter, back then Winters were very long and muddy!
We did some excavating for the driveways, the shed site and of course the site for my arena. We then started erecting the shed, we were getting into the warmer months by now which was making things a bit easier. Once the shed was up, we decked it out and that’s where we lived for 11 years whilst we built the stables, the arena and our house.
Just to momentarily back track, not long after we took over the property I also found the horse of my dreams in the Weekly Times… A Clydesdale Cross gelding, black with 4 white socks and a star.
We had no money, but nothing was going to stop me having him so I took a cash advance out on my credit card, something our parents always told us NOT to do. I definitely didn’t tell them it was to purchase a horse.