Horses ready for show action
CHIEF steward Patrea Bates is running rings around the Maryborough Showgrounds, putting the final touches to the top-notch action that is set to hit the riding arenas at Maryborough Park from tomorrow.
Ms Bates, who is also the president of Maryborough Active Riders, has taken on the task of keeping a watchful eye on all the four show rings for the equestrian portion of this year’s Fraser Coast Show, which starts from 8am today, Friday and Saturday.
“It will be a challenge, but I have a great band of workers from the Active Riders,” Ms Bates said.
“It’s all going wonderfully and, if the weather stays like this, it should be great,” she said.
Today’s program will see Ms Bates oversee the harness horses, working classes and obstacle courses, adult riders’ classes, senior child riders, junior riders and showjumping action.
An action-packed program is set down for Friday from 8am. See the Clydesdales at their working best in Ring One, the Australian Stock Horse, thoroughbred, ANSA, pure and part Arabians and Andalusians-led classes in Ring Two, led pony classes in Ring Three, all other breeds in Ring Four.
Keep your hand on your heart for the action-a-minute showjumping with the A, B, C and D Grade Championship Grand Prix, Puissance, Height Class and the junior Six Bar event, which is set to take the spotlight in the main arena.
All local pony club events are set to start on Saturday from 8am including child rider under 12 years, child rider 12 years and under 17 years, rider 17 years and more, pair of riders, team of four riders, bending race, flag race, barrel race and rescue relay – open to all ages and teams of two.
The mini trotters will also shine amongst the plethora of horse events, and after a year off they are hot to trot.
The racing will start on Saturday morning and carry through the evening and is just one of the many attractions which organisers hope to attract thousands of people.
Gate prices start from $19 per adult, $12 for high school students, $6 for children five to 14 and children under five are free.
Tickets are available for competitors at the horse gate on Friday and Saturday from 6am. All other gates will open from 8am, today to Saturday.