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24 January, 2022

Heavy Horse Festival Coming To Allora

Well known for holding the Heavy Horse and Harness Spectacular at the Warwick Show for 10 years the Darling Downs Heavy Horse Festival team decided to expand this event and create a stand-alone show at Allora.

The inaugural Darling Downs Heavy Horse Festival is locked in for the 12th and 13th March at the Allora Showgrounds. Pictured are Clysedales from the Coolibah Ridge Horse Stud at Gowrie Junction. Photo courtesy Katy Driver.

Now under the banner of its own incorporated organisation there was a need to increase the operating committee and with everything approved by Fair Trading it’s all systems go. However the organisation will still work closely with the Allora Show Society to create a mutually beneficial event.

President of the Darling Downs Heavy Horse Festival is Clint Kenny with Vice President John Polzin, Secretary Clare Gorwyn and Treasurer Gail Fleetwood.  Committee members are Roy Fleetwood, Bob Rattray, Pete Lowry, Scott Jenkins, Michael Bradford and Matt Herron.

The two day festival is a celebration of all breeds of draught horses and the roles they played in the development of the Downs. Nowadays their popularity has grown as a pleasure horse.

The weekend of 12th & 13th March will see the full range of Heavy Horse events from led classes showing off the best of the breeds, including Clydesdales, Shires, Percherons, Draught Horses, Gypsy Cobs and Drum Horses, to harness events, ploughing and working classes where the horses pull slides and logs through obstacle courses. A feature will be the ridden heavy horse with a range of classes including the introduction of Heavy Horse Dressage as a competition event.

The light horse and ponies have not been entirely left out with harness classes for our ‘smaller cousins’ included. Demonstrations will also be held such as wheelwrighting, blacksmithing, horse-works and sheep shearing.

Stall holders are welcome with application forms now available.

Any Allora community groups that would like to be involved in this event with displays and demonstrations are welcome – email or phone Clare on 0438 160 588 or Clint on 0417 607 196

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