Horses reign supreme
MORE than 90 of the best Reiners in Queensland will contend the 18th Annual Queensland Reining Horse Association's State Championship Show at the Gatton Equestrian Centre this week.
One of the fastest growing horse sports in the country, Reining is a spectacular display of horsemanship testing both the athletic ability of the horse and the skill of the rider.
Often described as Western Dressage, each Reining pattern involves up to ten difficult manoeuvres including flying lead changes, dizzying 360 degree spins, super snappy rollbacks, speedy large circles and of course the impressive sliding stops that send sand flying.
Commencing at 7.30am this morning, the intense four day competition will showcase Reining at its very best with more than 260 runs and $35,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.
The premier Derby events will run on the Friday night with the ultimate Futurity events featuring on the Saturday night program, along with the Open competition.
Spectators are always welcome and loud cheering and hollering is strongly encouraged.
This is a free event with no entry fee, which provides a great fun family atmosphere with food, beverage and toilet facilities available.