Today took even the organisers by surprise with 100’s streaming in for breeds day, Harness and HRCV events, parking filled up in no time, space put aside for just cars was open into a ring and that rings space was open to parking, cool heads made a shuffle around and within no time everyone was happily parked and the events all got underway. Today sealed the deal on the big move to re-organise the schedule, it was without doubt the show was a huge success.
So Champions Breed Day, there was nearly every breed represented on the grounds from the mystical gypsy cobs looking like they just stepped out of your favourite childhood fairy tale, the gorgeous gentle Fjord ponies, Welsh, Arabs, Shetlands ….to the coloured society horses and ponies. The spectacular ending to the day was the Gorst Rural Supreme In-hand exhibit overall, it was a terrific sight to see the main arena filled with every supreme champion from the day, credit to every owner who waited for this judging, they made it really special. With all judges out for the judging of this, I will admit to thinking how in the world are they all going to agree on just one winner from this line-up. They got it down to five, two of which were pintos, the stunning cob, palomino and the lovely riding pony. More discussions in the center and finally the decision was the super little pinto pony La Bella Park Patient Reward to be the very first Gorst Rural Supreme In-hand exhibit.
The Gorst Rural Supreme Ridden exhibit and once again thank you to all riders who waited for this event you sure made it extra special seeing every bred represented and working out for this. Glo Brook Select owned by Carolyn Alker, ridden by Indianna Shepherd, a superb little steel grey riding pony was called forward to be the Gorst Rural Supreme of the show.
So there you have it, the 45th Barastoc Show is done and dusted for another year, while the weather could have been a bit more pleasurable but that was about the only thing you could find fault in and lets face it Melbourne weather is always on the weird side. The schedule while tight was a good thing, basically there was no down time and so for spectators it meant there was something to watch nearly all the time. Having the main arena over the other side meet with competitor approval, as it meant less walking! The show holds on to its prestige event status and standing as one of the largest shows in Australia, no other state offers such an event which maybe is why we saw many interstate competitors here this year. Congratulations to all winners, the committee, volunteers and to everyone that just came along to have a good time ….to the sponsors Barastoc feeds, and the many others that are listed on the Barastoc website – thankyou
All breed results will go up when societies have sent them into us, as there was just so many rings on the go today it was impossible for us to collate results ourselves, we do have other sections reports to come, so check back to see additions.