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September 20th, 2019 by admin

Horse lovers left high and dry

NO TIME TO SHINE: Well-known show horse competitor and 2010 Garryowen winner Sara Love, of Corowa, says it has been nearly impossible for riders to obtain qualifiers for the big royal shows this season.
Nanjing Night Net

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It would be fair to say the gloss has well and truly worn off –orshould that bewashed off –the show season this year.

Relentless rain has forced the cancellation or postponement of dozens of horse events at agricultural showsacross the region.

The cavalcade of floats (and associated occupants) that usually pours in to showgrounds and ovals at many smalltowns isnoticeably absent this year –and with it a huge chunk of a show’sdollars and atmosphere.

Corowa’sSara Love, a40-year veteran of the show horse circuit, says the big wet isfinancially “crippling” many show societies.

The annual Corowa Show, originally scheduled for tomorrow, is yet anothercasualty of the big wet with the event postponed untilSunday, November 27.

However Ms Love will help run the show’shorse classeson Sundayin a bid to help riders gain qualifiersfor the 2017royal shows.

The well-known showand dressage competitor said it had been nearly impossible to work or prepare horses for this show season.

Couple this with the fact show after show hadcancelled its horse events due to water-logged grounds, and the entire season hadproven a bit of a washout, she said.

“Not everyone has an under-cover arena–minehas been under water for four months,” Ms Love said.

“It’s hard to get the horses’coats right andyou also haveassociated health problems such as hoof abscesses, greasy heel and colds.”

JUMP TO IT: Border Districts Showjumping Club will run a last-minute event today at AWEC in the wake of so many classes being cancelled at local agricultural shows.

Ms Love said thetypical season,fromAugust toearly November, usually saw hundreds of interstateand local ridersembark on a “run” taking in up to a dozen shows.

Three shows were cancelled or postponed last weekend, whichimpacted entries at Walbundrie Show.

But the effects are morewide-reaching for shows already struggling to stay afloat, Ms Love said.

The long-time Corowa Show supporter said there was increasing pressurefrom cheaper and more accessible online entertainment.

“The days of going to the show as a family are almost a thing of the past,” she said.

“When you factor in the cost of entry,rides, food and showbags, it becomes a pretty expensive day out.”

Ms Love said peopleoften failed to realise the months of preparation carried out bya smallband of volunteers.

Pavilions and sheds need to be cleaned and maintained and people like Corowa Show Society secretary Jan McKenna have to collate and organise exhibit entries in everything frompaintings through to preserves.

Ms Loves firmly believes an injection of interest –and participation –from young people is the vital ingredient in resurrecting theheady heydays of the country show.

“Local school children should be involved in the pavilions, with entries from their cooking classes ortrying to grow the biggest pumpkins for the vegie section,” she said.

“It is only throughmaintaining community connections that we can generate the interest and support needed to savethese shows.”

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