Equestrian Show to triumph despite Debbie setbacks
THE Proserpine Hack and Pony Club has bounced back from the $45,000 damage incurred in Cyclone Debbie - and the many hours spent cleaning up - to host its biggest event of the year.
North Queensland Royal Equestrian Show and 2017 North Queensland Newcomer Hack is this weekend at the Proserpine Pony Grounds on Kelsey Creek Road.
Beginners to advanced riders are invited to compete this Sunday in show-jumping, riding, junior handling, pony, Galloway, hack and led classes.
Underlying the training for these events is dressage and Saturday will be the Official Dressage and Combined Training.
Pony club member Sue Greenhalgh said the show was created 25 years ago to encourage riders to enter regional agricultural shows.
"Many riders have gone on to compete at a grand national level, royal agricultural shows and state competitions,” she said.
Sue and Amber Greenhalgh have just returned from a week at Brisbane's Ekka competing with horses bred from their stallions and mares.
"Su-Am Wallstreet and Su-Am Sphinx placed in every class at the Ekka,” added Greenhalgh.
"When placings were announced and played on the big screen in the centre ring, Mr Angus Lane informed the crowd of what Proserpine and the Whitsundays went through in Cyclone Debbie.
"Mr Lane and his wife attended our agricultural show this year and were amazed at the work of the committee and community to pull the event off.”
Spectating is free, with the canteen operating all weekend.
For more information, call 0488994162.