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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Cancellations pour in as rain continues along east coast

Updated: Oct 7, 2022


ABOVE: Ilustration: NORMAN THELWELL

FROM Far North Queensland to Southern Tasmania the big wet continues to play havoc with horse events.


Any intending competitors are urged to check before they decide to attend no matter what state they are in.


QCWA Winton Endurance Ride in Queensland has been cancelled and organisers will try to find a new date in April.


“We have had to cancel the ride as they received 50mm of rain last night and is still raining (another 20mm forecast for today), the soaked black soil makes it very hard to move around for horses and vehicles,” they said. The Stock Horse State Championships at Sugarloaf, Cobbitty, have postponed until early December.


Berrigan Agricultural Show on the NSW Victoria border managed to run but Walbundrie was cancelled and a dressage comp in Leeton is cancelled too. There’s usually a huge run of shows through October in Victoria so would be competitors are advised to check with show organisers before heading out.


Warracknabeal has been cancelled and Sunbury has moved from its home grounds to Riddells Creek Pony Club ground, which has sand arenas.


The Sports Pony Dressage Championships at Werribee Park runs on the sand arenas so is currently still intending to run.


The Tasmanians Horse of the Year Show has now moved to November 12 and 13, Launceston Royal is due to run on Thursday and Friday but with a 70mm rain forecast the organisers will be watching the gauge.


Below are event updates as they come in:


Wangaratta Agricultural Show (Victoria)

9pm, Tuesday October 4:


HORSE SECTION – at this stage the show will go on, parking is good, grounds are good, however we don’t have any control over the weather between now and then!

It may rain a lot on Friday, it may not …

But it will be a quick show, we will keep everyone out in the rain the least amount of time and hopefully keep everyone safe.

SHOWJUMPING – again will run as planned unless it gets too unsafe.

We all need to remember about six years ago there was a lot of rain prior to Wangaratta show, the Today show even came to town, Yogi didn’t keep his head above water in the park (yet again) but the show went on!


Croydon Horse Show (Victoria)

Cancelled, looking for another date.


Melbourne Showjumping Club event at Werribee Park (Victoria)

Cancelled


Sunbury Agricultural Show (Victoria)

Now cancelled after rain overnight at grounds it had relocated classes to at Woodend.


Boort Agricultural Show (Victoria)

Horse events cancelled, rest of show going ahead.


Horsham Agricultural Society Horse Show (Victoria)

Postponed to March 26, 2023


Kaniva Agricultural Show (Victoria)

Horse section cancelled, the rest of the show will proceed.


Donald Agricultural Show (Victoria)

Entire show cancelled.


Shepparton Agricultural Show (Victoria)

Horse section cancelled but the show will still be held.


Picton Agricultural Show (NSW)

A decision will be made tonight (Wednesday) if the show will be going ahead.


Trunkey Creek Agricultural Show (NSW)

Cancelled.


Taree Agricultural Show (NSW

Postponed due to the current conditions of the main arena being unsafe to use and weather forecasted for the weekend. Organisers are looking at options to host the horse schedule towards the very end of the year. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

The rest of the Taree Show, with the exception of the dog show, is going ahead as planned.


Lancefield dressage (Victoria)

Lancefield Equestrian Group has decided to cancel its competition scheduled for Sunday due to the wetness of the grounds in the Light Harness Club area and parking area, which means there is nowhere for competitors to park. The grounds could also not be mowed due to rain last week.


Tatura dressage (Victoria)

Tatura dressage took the opportunity late last week to move their event indoors. Organiser Duncan Terry says the competition and its warm up will be undercover and dry.


Illabo Agricultural Show (NSW)

Going ahead at this stage. They expect rain on Friday and will reassess then. Parking in the past has been on the West and this year will be on the East as the ground is firmer there for vehicles.



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