Trangie is set to become a hive of activity from today with people beginning to arrive for the Marsh Carney Saddlery State Sporting and Campdrafting Championships which takes place on the weekend.
Trangie Pony Club secretary Loma Evans is expecting an action-filled weekend with about 250 people competing in the State event.
“We have 20 competing from our Zone which is Zone 4, entrants from right across New South Wales and 27 Queenslanders with competitors travelling from as far away as Mt Isa,” Ms Evans said.
Held annually across NSW, Ms Evans said the Trangie Pony Club had been hard at work since getting the nod to hold the 2012 Marsh Carney Saddlery State Sporting and Campdrafting Championships.
“Since Trangie was named to hold the event, we have not stopped,” she said.
“It has been a lot of work to get the grounds prepared and ready for the occasion and to organise hosting hundreds of people, it is a big task.”
Ms Evans and other members of the Trangie Pony Club said the preparation for the championships was made possible with help from the local community.
“We have to thank so many people for their help,” she said.
“Steve Gibson and Tom Barclay for slashing the area, the shire council, Simon and Amanda McCutcheon who donated cattle for the campdraft, local individuals and businesses for their kind support and donations, and everyone who has helped out until now and who will be helping on the weekend, we thank you all.”
In a bid to show Trangie can host a ‘ripper’ of a championship, entertainment on Saturday night will be sure to get the competitors, family, friends and the local community in the spirit of celebrating a true Aussie event.
John McMaster who is travelling all the way from Louth, will be cooking his famous camp ovens for dinner on Saturday night, and dynamic singer/songwriter in the Australian Country Music scene, Margie May, will be crooning the crowd.
For those not familiar with the State Sporting and Campdrafting event, to qualify each of the competitors must have performed well and qualified from their own Pony Club Zone to be eligible to compete. In saying this, Loma is encouraging locals to attend the event to see real talent on display.
“The best of the best will be on show over the weekend,” Loma said.
“Competitors aren’t competing for money, but for a title, to show how good they are, how good their horses are and how passionate they are about this sport.
“The Trangie Pony Club entrants will definitely be competitive at the weekend as they have been training hard and we look forward to seeing the talent on show.”
The Sporting Championships will be held on Saturday at the showground, and Campdrafting on the Sunday.
“It is set to be a wonderful event and it would be great for the local community to be a part of it, to see what the Marsh Carney Saddlery State Sporting and Campdrafting Championships is all about- talent, passion and a love for the sport,” Loma said.
“Entry is free and a wonderful display of talent and entertainment is assured.”