Dust off your boots and gallop to the 89th Bowral Show.
This kicks off the show circuit for the Highlands, and is a chance for competitors to put their horses through their paces for the upcoming season.
While the show is focused around horse events, the pet show, dog high jump and mini trots are added attractions, and the pavilion section grows each year.
Bowral Show Society secretary Edwina Grant said the show was a great chance for people to bring young horses on their first outing.
“Bowral is not your normal ag show, as it does not have entertainment or side shows,” she said.
“The showjumping is a great attraction and we run the ‘derby’ event, which is like a mini cross-country where the course takes you up the hill and back down, and you are jumping over one-metre high steeple-type jumps.”
The Yarnspinners are back for their third year, and are happy to showcase their craft during the show and teach children how to make items, such as bracelets and necklaces, through their craft.
Horses are the main attraction of the show, with competitions for turnout classes, riding classes, many breeds of ponies and horses, sporting events and showjumping.
Everyone is welcome to bring their pets on the Sunday to be judged in the Pet Show, in categories such as ‘animla most like owner’, ‘sleepiest animal’, ‘best tail wagger’ and ‘most unusual bird’.
The dog high jump is another popular event, with two events: small dogs (foxies, terriers, poodles, etc) and large dogs (kelpies, border collies, German shepherds, etc). Cash prizes are available for the winners.
Ms Grant said she enjoyed the show because it allowed her to witness the fantastic quality of horses from the area and beyond.
“I love hearing feedback from competitors, who say they love to come to the show because the grounds are so good – there is plenty of area to park, warm up your horse and it is a nice, relaxed show,” she said.
“The pavilion exhibits always look good, and are getting better and better, thanks to the new volunteers who are happy to promote this section.”
Pavilion exhibits include cooking, needlework, junior art, photography, crotchet, knitting, spinning, felting and weaving.
The Bowral Show will be held January 14 and 15 at the Bong Bong Racecourse, 460 Kangaloon Road, Bowral.
For more information, including the full program of the show, visit http://www.bowralshow.com.au/.