Hundreds ride in for Spectacular
IN ONE of the biggest showings in the last decade, competitors from across Queensland galloped into Gatton to contest the Pacific Coast Reining Spectacular at the weekend.
Held by the Southern Queensland Reining Horse Association, the Spectacular saw more than 300 competitors kick up the dirt to vie for podium success at the Gatton Indoor Equestrian Centre during four days of competition.
SQRHA president Stephen Ninness said the spectacular was one of the biggest he had seen in the last decade.
"It was pretty good, we had a good weekend and it finished up well," Ninness said.
"It'd be close to one of the biggest shows we've had in reining and its one of the biggest shows the SQRHA have had since forming the club.
"And probably one of the best shows I've been to in the last 10 years and it was a great effort by everyone in the club to run it."
Ninness said there were a number of highlights during the four-day competition which also hosted a breast cancer fundraiser.
"One of the highlights was Friday night with our futurity night and the scores were some of the biggest in the country, even compared to the national show," he said.
"For the trainers to bring good horses and show them at our show was quite an achievement for us and them.
He said the breast cancer fundraiser was a great success and raised about $2000. It will become an annual event.
Gatton teen Kat Godley proved a worthy competitor taking home a swag of prizes including a first place trophy for her freestyle event.