Australia’s top equestrian competitors and horses will compete at the Adelaide Showground on April 1 and 2 at the Royal Autumn Horse Show.
The annual event – which is run by the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia – has received a record 1,409 entries in 2017, up from 651 entries when the Show began in 2013. Participants of all ages will compete in led and ridden classes, as well as performance and handler events over the two days.
Ringmaster Nick Simpson said the event, now in its fifth year, continues to attract interest within the horse community.
“Entry numbers for the Autumn Horse Show have grown year-on-year,” Mr Simpson said. “We attract a large contingent of local and interstate exhibitors, as well as junior competitors.”
A variety of different breeds will feature at the event, including Australian Stock Horses, Andalusians, Shetland Ponies and this year’s feature breed, Standardbred.
“Standardbred horses are a popular breed for harness racing,” Mr Simpson said. “This event attracts those horses which have retired from the track, but allows retired horses to continue their sporting career.”
The event has also attracted excellent numbers from one of the largest breeds in the world, the Clydesdale, which is a huge success, given the rarity of the breed.
“We encourage anyone who is interested in horses to come along over the weekend to watch the event,” Mr Simpson said.
The Royal Adelaide Autumn Horse Show is on April 1 to 2 at Adelaide Showground, from 8.30am to 6.00pm, on the Main Arena. Entry is free.
For more information contact the RA&HS on (08) 8210 5213 or (08) 8210 5211
Kirrilee Hay, Marketing Administrator – Royal Adelaide Show ph: 0499 773 512
Nick Simpson, Ringmaster – Royal Adelaide Autumn Horse Show, ph: 0409 391 214