A large procession of horses and riders wended their way through Yarraman Showground’s gates on Saturday afternoon at the end of the 20th annual Yarraman Horse Ride

March 8, 2016

Numbers at Saturday’s Yarraman Horse Ride were slightly down on last year’s roll-up, but not by very much.

In all, 107 riders saddled up for an day-long 30km trek through private properties in the Yarraman and Gilla area, departing the Yarraman Showgrounds at 8:00am and returning at around 3:30pm in the afternoon.

The annual ride is organised by members of the Yarraman Show Society, and quietly celebrated its 20th birthday this year.

For a modest $20 outlay that included a morning tea and lunch on the trail, participants got to see views of the South Burnett’s countryside that most tourists never get to glimpse.

Each year the Show Society organises a slightly different course to give riders something new to look forward to, and all the trails avoid public roads to help keep everyone safe.

This year, riders came from all over south-east Queensland to take part, as well as the South Burnett.

Ride entry sheets showed some had travelled from as far away as Gayndah, Dayboro, Caboolture, Narangba, Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Burnett Heads, South Kolan and the Currumbin Valley.

They joined up with local riders from Blackbutt, Yarraman, Nanango, Kingaroy, Wondai, Proston, Windera, Widgee and Woolooga.

Organiser Bill MacAlister said the Ride catered to all classes of riders, and part of its popularity was its low-key nature.

Participants were also welcome to camp in the Showgrounds, and the Show Society threw on a barbecue dinner and live DJ entertainment on Saturday night to celebrate another successful outing.

The Show Society’s next major event will be the Yarraman Campdraft on May 28.

Kendra MacDonald, 6, waited patiently back at the Showgrounds for the riders to return alongside organiser Bill MacAlister, Swedish backpacker Angelica Wagne and Kaida MacDonald, 10; Angelica is currently staying with the MacDonald family on their Gayndah property
Sarah Heit, from Blackbutt, was one of the many South Burnett riders who took part this year
In the afternoon, the procession of returning riders went on ….
… and on for almost 20 minutes; many elected to stay at the Showgrounds overnight
Gabby Ball, 13, and her mum Alexia are both members of the Yarraman Show Society, but live in Benarkin; they said they had a great time on this year’s Ride
Ebony Smith, left, came from the Gold Coast to take part in this year’s Ride; and Graeme Sleeman, right, came from Currumbin

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