It’s show time in Moruya

IT’S show time at the Moruya Showground this weekend for the 137th Eurobodalla District Annual Show.

One local Narooma competitor will be Sandra Kenny, who people might have seen training her horses off Riverside Drive.

Sandra will compete in show jumping on horse Rotherfield Asha that she is borrowing, as her own horse Alando or “Ed” is still recovering from injury.

She will also compete at the Cobargo Show, which takes place the weekend after next on February 8-9.

Gates at the Eurobodalla show open at 9am on Saturday at the showground on Albert Street, Moruya.

Eurobodalla District Show secretary Shelli Reid said the highlight of this year’s show would be the Stockman’s Challenge, where 12 of the best stockmen from across Australia will be pitted against each other from 10am each day.

“Events will include horse shoeing, whip cracking, a bareback obstacle course and a packhorse event with our finale being a brumby catch,” she said.

“We’ve got a truck show and shine on the Sunday, it will be new this year, I think we’ve got 10 trucks coming for that including freight liners and a B-double.

“We’ve also got the motorbikes coming this year - they’ll be doing an obstacle course on the Saturday from 2.30pm and sporting events on the Sunday – and they’re all local competitors.”

Judging for the pavilion events will take place on Friday, while the show will be officially opened on Saturday at 1.30pm.

Ms Reid hopes the poultry and animal exhibits will attract strong entries, after last year’s hot weather deterred some from entering.

A rodeo will be held on Saturday night from 7pm, including bull and steer rides and poddy calf rides for the kids.

The Stockman’s Challenge riders will also perform an exhibition event before the rodeo.

Bar facilities will be open and the Bundaberg distillery is bringing down a display – the first time it has done so on the South Coast.

Ms Reid said she was “feeling pretty positive” this week about how the event was shaping up.

“We’ve got a good committee behind us and they’ve worked really hard,” she said.

“Pavilion entries are currently flooding in, and I think it will be a good show if they weather is kind to us.”

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