AUSTRALIA’S biggest Quarter Horse event, the Q14 at Tamworth’s Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, got underway underway last night.
The Q14 National Championships is celebrating its 36th year in Tamworth and will run for nine days with over 500 competitors raring to go.
This weekend will feature an AA Event with the national championships officially starting on Monday.
Events featured in the program range from Halter, Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Team Roping, Reining and the crowd favourite Barrel Racing, as well as plenty more.
Australian quarter horses are known as the world’s most versatile horse, and these events will show the spectators why.
The huge event features several local trainers and riders.
Caroline and Holly Johnson will be involved in several performance events, along with Kane Scopp and Allan Briskey.
Casandra Huyshe will have a great chance on her successful mount Winderadeen Dashtothebar.
Huyshe will compete in the Senior Horse and Select Amateur Hunter Under Saddle, as well as the Hunt Seat Equitation.
Tamworth’s Lesley Stewart will be going for gold on her gelding Icee a Hot Little Twist in the Showmanship event.
Loomberah’s Sue Williams will be on her mare Cee N Somethin Hot in the three year old Hunter Under Saddle.
Williams will also be competing on another mare of hers, Dark n Sultry, in several disciplines.
The nine days has a huge amount of disciplines, and a huge amount of entrants performing at an elite level.
Event co-ordinator Nicky Moss-Smith said it was an event that could be enjoyed by the whole family.
As well as the exciting riding and events, there will also be stalls selling a range of products, as well as a fully operating canteen.
Entry for spectators is free, with crowds expected to grow towards the Easter weekend.
For more information visit www.aqha.com.au