Big showjumping program at Show

Showjumping will feature in a big way at this year’s Warwick Show with two exciting events announced.

Along with the regular jumping program, this year’s Warwick Show will host the Riverina Stockfeeds Queensland Country Showjumping Championships as well as the Warwick Automotive ‘Six Bar Shootout’.

The Queensland Country Championships will attract some of the best showjumpers in Queensland and northern NSW to compete for the top prize.

Showjumping convenor Christine Bradfield said the event will be a great opportunity for local spectators and competitors alike.

“This event will attract some of the best showjumpers around,” Christine said.

“It’s a great chance for locals to come along and see why this sport is so exciting and growing in popularity”.

The championships will start today Thursday 21 March, with the final Championship jumping event to be a feature of Saturday afternoon’s show program.

The Warwick Automotive ‘Six Bar Shootout’ is a fast-paced, shortened version of showjumping.

“Most showjumping events involve a course with varying lines and angles,” Christine said.

“Rider and horse must combine patience, power and speed over the course, with all jumps generally being the same height.

“In the six bar, the horse and rider have little time to prepare for the six consecutive jump – each one a little higher than the last – in what is a real test of nerve for both the horse and rider.

“This event will be part of Friday night’s entertainment, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser – with most riders attempting heights they don’t normally jump.”

Other highlights of the 2019 Warwick Show will include –

• Six local schools have entries in the Stud Cattle competition, with more than 50 head entered

• Ray Bunch Trots on the custom paceway in the Showgrounds arena (formerly the Cantor Cup)

• Country Market on Sunday

• Free yoga classes on Sunday morning

• Free cookery demos Friday and Saturday by the QCWA Country Kitchens and others

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