Events centre graces Sweeneys site at Denham Court

Back in business: Managers and staff (from left) Michael Capetta, John Wignall with Betsy, Renee Ryan and Rambo, and Martin Kennedy and at the Sydney Trail Riding Centre are keen to become more of a local tourist attraction. Picture: Simon Bennett

THE new team operating businesses in one of Campbelltown’s most beautiful spots — the old Sweeneys site at Denham Court — is keen to open it up to the public and draw more tourists from Sydney.

Renowned horse trainer Grahame Ware jnr and his partner, horsewoman Renee Ryan, opened the Sydney Trail Riding Centre on the 200-hectare horse-rearing property in May.

Now Ottimo House function and events centre is up and running in the former Sweeneys at Scenic Hills building in the latest sign the site is back in business.

The centre has had a facelift and now caters for events such as weddings, birthday and engagement parties and corporate events.

Ottimo House managing director Michael Cappetta said the farm’s amphitheatre, which accommodates 4000 people on its grassy hill, will be used for presentations and live shows.

Mr Cappetta also hopes to introduce Family Funday Sundays that will feature an animal farm, jumping castles and pony rides.

Sydney Trail Riding Centre co-owner Ms Ryan said the riding centre offered trail rides, corporate days and children’s birthday parties.

Scenic NSW Equine Centre also offers agistments and features a practice sand arena, wash bays, feed storage areas, round yards and a jumps paddock.

Ms Ryan said. “I think it works really well together.”

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