Saddle up for show
GRAFTON has taken over the reins from Tamworth as regional host of the 2011 Northern NSW Hunter Championships and All Breeds Show.
And for Eastonsville resident and horse breeder Lyn Campbell, the news has her riding on a high.
Vice-president and federal secretary of the Australian Hunter Horse Association, Lyn describes the relocation of the championships as a huge boost for horse owners who live in coastal areas, many of them regular entrants in the annual competition.
"Last year I approached the committee and asked if they would consider relocating the championships to an area more central to Northern NSW," she said.
"They were happy to run with my idea and I think having the event based in Grafton will attract more entries due to the town's location and easy travelling distance for owners. Sixty-five stables have already been booked for the event and I think it's going to be very successful."
Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin also supported Lyn's desire to relocate the championships and has generously donated $200 towards competition prizes.
The championships will be held on October 1 and 2 at the Grafton Showground and will feature two days of solid competition, with the winners eligible for entry to next year's Royal Easter Shows. Competitors can download entry forms at www.hunterhorses.com.au or enter on the day.
Classes include best of breed, Hunter hacks and Hunter Galloways for senior and junior riders.
Along with organising the event, Lyn is also hoping to have time to compete with her seven-year-old warmblood gelding Valentino.
Gates open 8.30am both days. Public admission is free.