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Three-day equestrian spectacle highlights 2023 Albany Show

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Amy Kennedy, Barry Panizza, Addison Moir and Jemma Griffiths.
Camera IconAmy Kennedy, Barry Panizza, Addison Moir and Jemma Griffiths. Credit: Supplied

In a fantastic display of equestrian disciplines, the Albany Show 2023 unfolded over three days, covering dressage, show horse, show jumping and in-hand events plus free games for the kids.

Centennial Oval boasted an impressive turnout of Great Southern riders and enthusiasts from the surrounding areas.

A popular addition to this year’s program was the introduction of off-the-track incentive classes, showcasing the versatility of re-homed racehorses.

Amy Kennedy with the winner of the Champion Open Standardbred Goandcullect.
Camera IconAmy Kennedy with the winner of the Champion Open Standardbred Goandcullect. Credit: Supplied

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These classes, encompassing in-hand and ridden categories as well as exciting show jumping events, provided a platform to celebrate the new careers of these talented horses and their riders.

One of the stand-out features of the show was the well-supported participation of the lead rein and first-ridden events.

Albany equestrian is poised for a bright future as a wave of enthusiastic riders, some as young as four-years-old, emerge onto the scene.

Karen Mayfield with Glomax County Road winning Great Southern Hack of the Year.
Camera IconKaren Mayfield with Glomax County Road winning Great Southern Hack of the Year. Credit: Supplied

It was great to see these young riders enjoying their ponies and having fun with friends after their formal events in the free games.

Competitors and organisers praised the layout of this year’s show as one of the best in recent memory.

They said it provided a great viewing experience for spectators and competitors and also contributed to the smooth flow of the competition.

Maya Hughes-Smith, 7,  Millie Stone, 9, and Aliyah Ruffo, 9.
Camera IconMaya Hughes-Smith, 7, Millie Stone, 9, and Aliyah Ruffo, 9. Credit: Supplied

A great display of competitive events and social atmosphere reinforced Albany’s status as a hub for equestrian excellence.

The equestrian section is a testament to the dedication of its volunteers who have already started planning for next year’s show.

The committee thanked all the riders from this year’s show and the support of their fellow volunteers.

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