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.