The 120th Annual Lucindale PA & H Society Show was held on Saturday February 23. It was a nice sunny day, and a good crowd of people made for a great show atmosphere. There was plenty to see and do, with a number of trade sites, show bags, rides, face painting, food and drink stalls, and horses in action.
There were a good number of entries in the indoor exhibits, with a wonderful display of art, craft, plants, photography, produce and cooking. The Limestone Coast men’s chocolate cake competition, with $100 up for grabs, kindly donated by Jack Hassel, was won by Grant Thompson. The overall indoor aggregate point winners were Jackie Baker in Senior, and Corrie Taylor in Junior.
The wool show had an impressive 85 fleeces entered, thanks to hard working convenor Allan McGurk. Despite numbers being back on previous years, it was a great display of wool. Most of the fleeces entered are donated from local farmers, with some coming from further away. The McBride family entered this year, and donated 35 fleeces from their properties. The grand champion fleece of the show was awarded to a fine wool merino ewe fleece from the McBride’s property ‘Nepowie Station’.
A huge thankyou goes to all the farmers for donating wool. The proceeds made go toward a community project. Last year’s money raised went towards a new swimming pool at Lucindale Area School, and this year’s money will go towards the same project.
All the way from Adelaide, Mr Oopy’s children’s show, and bubble show was a hit for young and old! He wowed the crowd with all his bubbles, and had the children joining in with him in his interactive fun and silly show. There was music, singing, dancing, percussion instruments, games, and bubbles! He was definitely a highlight of the show.
The Lucindale PA &H Society would like to thank Gold Sponsors Robe and Districts Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank, and the Lucindale Lions Club, along with all other sponsors. Without sponsorship, the show would not run. Thanks to everyone who sponsored, helped, and attended.
It was a very successful horse show at this year, with over 114 horses competing on the main arena over the two days of the show.
The highlight of the show was the ‘John Paltridge Memorial Perpetual Award’ for excellence of either horse or rider in the show jumping section, and this year it was won by Morris Clarke from Mortlake with his horse ‘It’s Burlesque’.
The competitors travelled from far and wide to compete at Lucindale, this being one of the most popular equestrian shows at this time of the year, with competitors competing for qualifications to compete at upcoming royal shows around Australia.
Local competitors to receive awards included Indi Ware and Olivia Baker in the Horseland Topsy Ring, and Layla Clark and Madison Raedel in the Casual Ring.
The weather gods were with us and although the forecast was for very hot weather, the dressage draw was redone to reflect this with an early start to see majority of the 130 tests completed before the extreme heat of the day. This set the tone for a very successful weekend in the dressage arenas. This year entries were up, (contrary to the trend in other areas), also this year in keeping with the committees pledge to encourage new participants, dressage tests for Tiny Tots and Australian Stock Horses were added to the program.
Successful competitors were Kate Dennis riding Cera Alme’Zing best performed in the Preparatory Level also achieving the highest consistent percentage over the weekend. Judy Clarke from Mortlake riding HS Joyride won the HRCAV Level 1 competition. The Dickerson sisters from Horsham proving a force winning Stock Horse Classes at Preliminary and Novice with Montana riding Copper Q Philidelphia and Courtney riding Bain Park Bellarina winning level 2 HRCAV classes and some EA classes as well. Level 3 HRCAV Jackpot taken out by Jess Mulraney and Four Winds Certain Dee. Level 4 Jackpot won by Robyn Parker and Jazail Qati. Level 5 Jackpot sees a new up and coming rider to the ranks, Emma Parker on her reliable thoroughbred Original Sin took home the rosette.
Other local riders to do well Natalie Roberts/Duart Rise Bradman, Amanda Lock/ Absolute Harmony, Susan Thornley/Special Pleasure, Ann Dodd/Weltmaya, and Kristy Boord/Duchess of Avalon.
Tiny Tot riders Georgie Lutt, Henry Shaw and Leila Crouch made their debut with many oooos and arrrrs from the spectators for their cuteness on their super quiet ponies. They were judged by special guest Judge Margie Stuart, who was also awarded a Life Membership to the Mid-South East Dressage Club at the final presentations. Margie was the foundation president of the club some 36 years ago, and has been an active member in the club for most of those years.
Thank you to our national level judges: Helen Whittle (A Level) from Adelaide, Sue Smith (C Level) from Victoria, Susan Thornley (D Level) from Lucindale, Rosemary Castle (D Level) from Adelaide, Amanda Lock (F Level) from Naracoorte and guest Judge Margie Stuart. Competitors were getting very fair and experienced appraisals of their training and some direction to where they can improve to help the marks rise.
Smooth running of the event on the weekend was due to the expertise of the girls from the Mid-South East Dressage Club, who are to be thanked as the weekend would not be the success it is without their scoring, gear checking, and organizing pencillers for each judge.
Sponsors, who without their generosity we would not be able to provide such a successful event, include DiGorgio Family Wines, Lauke Mills, Landmark, Castec Rural Supplies, Pryde’s Easifeeds, Beaurepairs Naracoorte, Lucindale Hotel, Bendigo Bank and Lucindale Lions Club.
All of the competitors and organizers thank you for your support of our sport. Again, enough gratitude cannot be expressed towards the local gardener, Teresa Wagner, for the preparation of the grounds, and her knowledge of what is required for the event is appreciated. The event's high reputation would not be so without the manicured grounds to hold them on.