Sulkies at showgrounds: Sue Slavel and John McCarther with Mr Ed, Kathy Hodges and Stephen Standen with Coco Pops, Peter and Annette Cordie with Rick, Mary-Anne Geisler with Gypsy and Ted Anton and Beth Eldred with Chestnut.
Sulkies at showgrounds: Sue Slavel and John McCarther with Mr Ed, Kathy Hodges and Stephen Standen with Coco Pops, Peter and Annette Cordie with Rick, Mary-Anne Geisler with Gypsy and Ted Anton and Beth Eldred with Chestnut. Nat Bromhead

Harness club to host state show

AS THE members of the Maryborough Harness Club gear up for the Maryborough Masters Games today, they have something else to be even more excited about.

The club just found out it has been awarded the 2012 Queensland Show Driving Championship, an event that is usually held in Brisbane.

Club member Kathy Hodges said the club was over the moon to be hosting the prestigious event and was hoping to attract plenty of competitors to the Fraser Coast as well as huge crowds.

The event will be held in July, 2012, and Hodges said Maryborough was well placed to hold it.

“We've got such beautiful facilities here.”

But first the harness club is concentrating on their big weekend of Masters action, starting at 9am tomorrow.

There will be 20 competitors taking part, ranging from little minis to big Clydesdales.

Donkeys will also play a role on the day too, Hodges said.

Spectators can get into the thick of the action at Maryborough Showgrounds, with the opportunity to watch the events from the centre of the ring.

“We are really looking forward to it,” Hodges said.

“It will be a really good weekend.”

There will be a variety of classes competing, including horses pulling sulkies and Clydesdales pulling ploughs and other equipment, and it will be a great opportunity to see horses decked out in full show gear.

“It's a great opportunity for people to dream of yesteryear.”

The club will also hold its annual horse shoe throwing competition to night.

Action will be held from 9am to 2pm today and from 8am tomorrow.

Hodges said there were plenty of other opportunities to see the horses in action, including regular pleasure drives, with a picnic lunch, and harness club meetings once a month.



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