Grafton to host cutting show this weekend
CUTTING: Good things come to those who wait, and for the riders who have been looking forward to the rescheduled Big River Cutting Club Show, this weekend is the one they've been waiting for.
The original cutting show was planned for September until torrential rain forced the event to be postponed, after the cattle was stuck in their paddock and couldn't be mustered out for the show.
Organiser Fiona Brown said while the forecast for Saturday does predict showers, the club is prepared for any downpours, as well as the predicted maximum temperatures of 31 degrees on Saturday and 36 on Sunday.
"The good thing about our facilities at Hawthorne Park is that if it rains or it's too hot during the middle of the day, we can push the program back until later in afternoon, and ride under the lights," she said.
"To ride under the lights would be a completely different atmosphere, plus it's a little cooler in the afternoon, which is good not just for the riders but also the cattle and horses as well.
"We have the ability to go three hours into the event past the planned finish time, so we can control it so that it suits everyone."
Brown said the club was a little worried about hosting the event in November because of the heat, but the riders were more than keen to put up with the uncomfortable conditions.
"We have a lot of keen riders and a few who are chasing titles who want to go to as many shows as possible," she said.
"We've got people coming down from Kingaroy and coming up from Scone to chase some points. There'll also be a good local turnout as well, so it's actually a good show for this time of year.
"We normally have two shows over the two days, and they're completely separate, but this time it will be one show over the two days, which is why we will be finished at midday on Sunday."
Brown said the club was grateful to Dick and Bruce Page and Geoff Brown for donating 400 head of cattle for the event, which starts on Saturday at Hawthorne Park, South Grafton. Canteen facilities will be available and entry for spectators is free.