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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Bits: Boort Show may not go on, but another event ploughs ahead


ABOVE: Can anyone help keep Boort Agricultural Show on the calendar?

LIKE many agricultural shows that are finding trouble filling positions Boort needs help and has put out this plea.

For the second year in a row it is looking to fill the roles of executive secretary and show day secretary. The show was held last year with the positions vacant, putting extra pressure on committee members already taking on other roles.

The committee has made the call that it will not go ahead this year if the positions can’t be filled, so is calling for help.

Anyone who can assist by taking on one of the secretary positions will be well supported and guided throughout their time.

Some of the executive secretary duties include letter writing, applying for grants, email monitoring and mail collection.

Some of the showday secretary duties include taking entries and payments, organising judges, ribbons and prizes, contacting sponsors, organizing advertising for schedule and running the show day office. This role can be shared if needed.

For further information phone 0418 149 904 or email boortshowsecretary@yahoo.com


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THE Golden Plough at Wongarbon NSW on April 22nd-23 will be a weekend of tradition and nostalgia when the great horses will show how the fields were worked early last century.

The best of the best battle it out at the most prestigious ploughing competition in Australia.

There’s log snigging, ploughing furrows, demonstrations, and classes for novices, juniors and ladies, plus a camp oven dinner with night time entertainment.

Details available from 0428 966 656, email jandhgleeson@skymesh.com.au or go to The Golden Plough Facebook page.


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THERE'S been a changing of the guard in Victorian eventing.

Janet Houghton has moved on from the Eventing Victoria to be chairwoman of the National Eventing Committee.

David Permezel is the newly appointed chairman of the Victorian Eventing Committee.

At the same time the group paid tribute to the services provided by retiring members Barry and Lyn Roycroft, Judy Slater, Anthony Bywater and Jacqui Sayers.

Three new committee members in Georgie Birrell, Chris Height and Chrissy Saunders join the committee to work with existing members, Kate Wallis, Judy Croagh, Nina Clarke, Sarah May, and Michael McCarey.


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THE Australian Stock Horse Society is looking for a National Events Co-Ordinator.

This person will be responsible for co-ordinating some of the Society's premier events including the ASHS National Show and ASHS Campdraft Championships.

This position provides opportunities to liaise with sponsors, members, stakeholders, volunteers and the like, to develop and grow these high profile events.

Applications through Seek are closing soon. Apply here.


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SHOW horse fans who can’t get to the 2023 Grand National Saddle Horse and Rider Championships can check out the livestream on the Australian Equine Network.

Take note there will be the usual scam operators out there trying to steal your moneys o this is the only real site to use.

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THE 2023 Adelaide Equestrian Festival stage is now being set to showcase Australia’s Eventing superstars in the opening round of the 5-star global equestrian series this month.

Held in Adelaide’s East Parklands from April 20-23, the four-day equestrian festival is the only Concours Complet International (CCI)* five-star event in Australia, the only event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only seven events at this level held worldwide.

The others are the Kentucky Three Day Event in the US in April, the Badminton Horse Trials in England in May, the Luhmuhlen Horse Trials in Germany in June, the Burghley Horse Trials in the UK in September and the Pau Horse Trials in France and the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in the US in October.

The Adelaide International CCI5* competition attracts the best horses and riders from across the Southern Hemisphere. With the Paris Olympics only a year away, the Australian Olympic selectors will have their eyes on the Australians who will be looking to secure their place on the national team.


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AFTER an independent review into the High-Performance Selection Procedure and Policies, expressions of Interest for Olympic and Paralympic discipline selectors are now open.

Equestrian Australia has thanked the outgoing selectors for their contribution over the last 12 months.

Applications for non-olympic discipline selectors will open in June 2023.

Athletes are welcomed to nominate or suggest a person for a National Discipline Selector Position using a form on the EA website.

Applications for all Olympic and Paralympic disciplines close April 14.



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