Katherine Horse and Pony Club returned on Sunday as parents heave a collective sigh of relief to be able to get their kids out and active again.
As restrictions continue to ease due to the NT's success in containing COVID-19's spread internally, residents can now rejoin various outdoor activities which allow for social distancing and hygiene measures.
For mother of two Julie Branson, the opportunity to engage her kids with exercise and community again was a breath of fresh air after a difficult trot.
"All the horses are a little bit wild at the moment from the break but the boys were up early to get back into it today," she said.
"We've got two boys and they love it here, the atmosphere is really supportive so it's great for them.
"It's just so much better for them to finally be able to get off the Xbox or Playstation and do something they enjoy out in the wind and fresh air," Mrs Branson said.
Many kids have been able to continue some riding practice during the pandemic via private lessons with Becky Klingenberg and Tom Curtain.
Watching the kids support one another and joke from horseback, however, even the casual observer uninitiated in riding can grasp the club atmosphere can't be so readily replaced.
Club vice-president Alison Ross says the organisation aims to engage kids not just with riding skills but community and goals, the latter of which remains an ongoing battle.
"I was actually trying to keep them calm because they were just over-excited this morning to get back on," she said.
"We're still a bit lucky because the nature of our sport being individual and outdoors means the risk is very low.
"The kids are still suffering for the loss of our competitions though, they really don't have anything to drive towards and aim for which is a pity.
"We will organise our own internal competitions to try give them that, but particularly the Katherine Show is usually such an incredible chance for them to perform in front of the town and they love it.
"We're still in a difficult time as a town especially the lack of tourism, but I do think morale is steadily climbing at the moment and that's great to see," Ms Ross said.
The club also took the opportunity while unable to meet to complete a new demountable club room with first-aid area in kitchen.
They will be meeting every fortnight to make up for lost ground, and encourage anybody keen to take part to reach out and get involved.
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