All breeds show success
THE Energex Western Breeds Celebration show held at Gatton Indoor arena from May 28 to 30 went off without a hitch.
Even though the heavens opened with some much needed rain on Saturday and the winter winds blew on Sunday, the organisers from Gatton Quarter Horse and Performance Association (GQHPA) were pleased with the turnout.
Like the saying goes, the show still must go on.
Dedicated competitors from across Australia braved the weather to compete against each other for more than $22,000 in cash and prizes and the prestigious honour of winning high point buckles.
“Spectators, competitors and the judge Bev O'Keefe from Victoria mentioned how the show was very professionally run and it ran very smoothly with a friendly atmosphere,” GQHPA President Ross Gillard said.
“All the volunteers who helped make this show successful should be very proud.”
The GQHPA thanked their many sponsors who donated towards the show.
Friday showing started off with the Halter classes.
The winner of the $5000 Weanling Futurity was Shez Like Totally with Rod Duddy.
The $1000 Stallion Owner Prize Purse went to Temonee with owners Rod and Denise Duddy.
Saturday showcased the $1000 Amateur Hunter Under Saddle which was won by Amy Woinarski riding My Intuition.
Amy also won the $1000 Open Hunter Under Saddle.
Saturday night was time for socializing and watching the entertaining barrel racing and reining.
The winner of the $500 Open Barrel Race went to local rider Meredith Rhen on her paint stallion Garth Brooks.
$1000 Limited Open Reining went to Rummin Dixie, Cherise McLaughlin
Sunday finished off the weekend with the Western Pleasure classes and the much anticipated $1000 Feature Amateur Trail Class which Christine Vandenbogert, riding Denise the Menace took the honour.
$1000 Open Western Pleasure winner was a paint horse called Radically Hot N Blazing ridden by Belinda Gesslier.