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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Bits: Show makes way for flood evacuees, other cancellations and more

ABOVE: The main pavilion at the Bendigo showgrounds, where the show was to be held this weekend, is providing shelter to flood victims and their pets. Picture: Rochester Community Page

MORE Victorian agricultural shows have had to cancel horse events and entire programs due to weather and flooding.

At Bendigo, where the showgrounds is now acting as an evacuation centre for flood victims from Rochester, Echuca and surrounding areas, the show committee, at the recommendation of the SES Incident Controller, made the call early to cancel the entire show.

Bendigo Agricultural Show executive officer Ian Furze said the move was expected and fully accepted by the show committee.

“We are proud of the fact that our facility has been able to act as an emergency relief centre and that it is able to provide critical assistance at this time,” he said.

About 170 people and 20 pets displaced by the floods are staying in the main exhibition building.

Show horse events at the Cobram Agricultural Show have been postponed to a later date and the showjumping cancelled. The pavilion competitions will still run but with still more rain to come in the area, stewards decided the conditions would be unsafe.

Some parts of the oval are under water and access to parking areas “rather boggy”.

The Euroa Agricultural Show has also been postponed until later this year, with the date to be announced once confirmed by Victorian Agricultural Shows Ltd.

The situation is the same at Myrtleford, with horse classes postponed to a yet-to-be-decided date in 2023.

Agricultural shows at Ararat, this Sunday, and Castlemaine, on October 28 and 29, have been cancelled.


SPORTING Horse Australia’s event that was to be held as part of the Bendigo Show will be transferred to the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre sand arena this Saturday.

The Saturday program will be the same as Bendigo with U/11 and novice to commence at 10am with u/15-u/18 and open to start at approximately 11am.


THE Marriot Family in northern Victoria have been breeding Clydesdale Horses for more than 50 years and last week featured on TV on the ABC program Landline. For those who haven’t seen it, it is available on ABC iview.


AS FEARED, King Charles has less interest in horses than his mother the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Twelve of the 37 race horses she had in work will be offered for sale at Newmarket’s Tattersalls this month, including Just Fine the first horse to win for Charles.

It is widely rumoured that the racing manager John Warren who oversaw the Queen’s racing and horse breeding interests for more than 13 years will move to Bahrain where he recently took on a role advising Commissioning’s owner Isa Salman and Abdulla Al Khalifa.


EQUESTRIAN Australia is reviewing the current draft National Tests for Para-Dressage, with a view to confirming an approved set of tests by the end of the year.

EA thanks those who responded to the rider and coach survey, which was conducted in August, and to those who contacted Equestrian Australia to provide additional feedback and advice.

The EA Para Equestrian Panel is convening an expert panel at this week’s National Dressage Championships to review the draft tests in the context of the feedback, and to also evaluate and compare the tests to para-dressage national tests known to be in use in other English speaking countries.


GREATER Sydney Local Land Services will be hosting "Managing horses on small properties” workshops to be delivered by equine grazing behaviour specialist Stuart Myers.

There will one on the Central Coast on November 7, in south-west Sydney on November 11 and at Richmond on November 18.

The workshops will explore grazing management, suitable pastures, manure, water and vegetation management in order to create a better lifestyle for your horse/s, save time and energy and improve the health of your land.

The workshops are suitable whether you are starting out or have been managing horses for many years.

Attendance is free but registration is essential. Morning tea and lunch are included. Click here for further information or to book.


EQUESTRIAN WA (EWA) has announced the expansion of Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s long-standing support of the equestrian community and increased benefits for owners of retired racehorses in the state.

The racing body will now be the exclusive partner for the state’s off-the-track (OTT) program and the primary supporter of equestrian sport in WA.

This arrangement extends benefits directly to owners and riders of retired Standardbred and Thoroughbred horses. OTTWA Passport holders will be eligible for one-hour free arena hire at the State Equestrian Centre, the opportunity to attend the EWA Horse EDU series, a 50 per cent discount on the total cost of Base Horse Registration through EWA and a $15 discount off EWA annual membership, redeemable from January 1, 2023.


A CLEARING sale of harness vehicles and equipment of the Estate of the late Kevin Collins at Echuca has been postponed.

Some truly magnificent sets of harness and vehicles are up for grabs but the sale will now be held in early December. Contact John Mullenger or the Victorian Tradesmen and Delivery Horse Group for details.


ANDREW Wilson and Co’s online horse auction, which is run out of the company’s Echuca base, for this month has also been cancelled due to flooding across northern Victoria.

Horses already listed can be carried over to the next auction which will be November 3 and 4.

The company says if anyone has a horse listed they will contact you next week to confirm the listing.

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