The show must go on and indeed it will this year with Thoroughbred Industry Careers (TIC) stepping in as the major sponsor of a major inter-high school riding event that draws hundreds of competitors from far and wide.
The North West Equestrian Expo at Coonabarabran typically attracts more than 600 students from across New South Wales and is staged at the heart of an area seriously struck by drought.
With TIC’s aid, organisers can now provide financial support for those worst affected.
“The event was started by the local high school years ago and its grown into this enormous event,” TIC Chief Executive Officer Lindy Maurice said.
“It’s held at the local showground and it’s quite extraordinary. It’s got a population of about 2000 and is quite literally in the middle of nowhere and the heart of the drought area. It’s desperate.
“That’s why we want to support it. It’s an event like no other and we’re chipping in to help to make it viable.
“It’s for 12 to 18 year-olds and these kids come from all over the State with their horses.”
“The event was started by the local high school years ago and its grown into this enormous event.” – Lindy Maurice.
TIC is a non-profit organisation aiming to promote careers in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry.
“Riding is everything to these kids and it’s important that they continue to have opportunities to compete in the sport they love,” Maurice said.
“The North West Equestrian Expo gives them something to focus on, to train for and to hopefully offer some respite from the ever-present reality of drought that is impacting their rural communities.
“TIC is funded by the biggest names and organisations in the thoroughbred industry, including the likes of the Australian Turf Club, Gai Waterhouse Racing, Chris Waller, Godolphin, Arrowfield Stud, David Hayes and Tony McEvoy and they are all very keen to ensure that young people can still pursue their passion for horses.”
TIC is also guaranteeing four places for students competing at The North West Equestrian Expo in their 2020 Explorer Cadetship Programme, a 12 month stable and stud horsemanship programme in the thoroughbred industry.
“Drought has forced the cancellation of so many equine events - country shows, campdrafting and cross-country events so we were determined to ensure the North West Equestrian Expo could go ahead,” event secretary Rebecca Moxham said.
“The kids need it, the town needs it and thanks to the support of sponsors we hope to have strong numbers again in 2019.” – Rebecca Moxham.
“The kids need it, the town needs it and thanks to the support of sponsors we hope to have strong numbers again in 2019.
“It’s a seriously great event bringing together hundreds of riders from across the state. They camp out in swags, they rise in the winter darkness to prepare their horses, and they ride all day, talk around the campfire at night and create memories that will last a lifetime.
“In times of hardship, it’s never more important to have events like this so we’re more grateful than ever to our sponsors for providing the support that will enable the North Western Equestrian Expo to continue in 2019.”
The North West Equestrian Expo runs from Friday, May 31 to Tuesday, June 4 and applications for the subsidy can be made while completing the entry form for the event below.