Must-er see event for equestrian enthusiasts
IF the Maclean and Grafton shows aren't example enough, it's not hard to tell horse ownership and activities like campdrafting and dressage command a lot of attention across the Clarence Valley.
So it comes as a surprise to learn that the area has not hosted a major equestrian event before ? until now that is.
During the ANZAC day weekend the Rotary Club of Grafton and the Hawthorne Park User Group will stage the first Grafton Grand Muster ? an event it hopes will become a fixture on the equestrian calendar.
Westlawn Finance has already signed on as the major sponsor for a weekend that will draw people from across the North Coast to take part in and watch a range of horse competitions.
A day and night of seminars has also been planned and will feature eminent veterinary speakers from the US, Queensland and, of course, Grafton vets Dr Alan Giles and Dr Oliver Liyou, who are considered experts in their respective fields.
Rotary spokesman Rob Byrne said the Clarence Valley equestrian community had wanted to stage the event for years but came to realise their dream re- cently after Rotary came on board to help out with things like liability insurance.
"In the same way a tiny little music festival grew into something huge, we would like to position Grafton as 'the' equestrian centre on the North Coast and we think that with a show like this growing every year that we can achieve that," he said.