Each October we have a busy schedule of weekend horse events.
It all kicks off in the tiny town of Pooncarie with their annual race meeting. With a dirt racetrack and just enough lawn and shade to keep the crowd happy there is always a great atmosphere at this bush race meeting.
The airstrip happens to be right next to the racetrack. No baggage scans, taxis or trains required and since accommodation is scarce some aviators just roll their swags out underneath their planes.
From there we load up Annabelle’s pony and head to a racetrack in the bush called Nanua for amateur racing and hotly contested gymkhana events. There is no town for at least 140kms, just a dirt track, basic amenities, a busy bar area and plenty of keen horses and riders.
The next and slightly more refined outing is to the Silver City Races in Broken Hill. We dress up and buy member’s tickets, meet up with family and friends and enjoy the charm and shade of the historic grand stand.
Bush horse events involve plenty of travelling, dust, cold beer and steak sandwiches. They are also major fund raising and social occasions, especially for the smaller communities. Long may this tradition continue, we love it.
My husband plays an official roll at these events which is part of the reason why our month is so horsey. It is also a great excuse to be sociable, take photos and watch the horsey world go by.
Are you into horses I wonder?
Horses or not, I hope you are having a lovely Sunday.