Equestrian Sports in Quirindi
Equestrian sports feature heavily in the lifestyle of many families in Quirindi, Werris Creek, Willow Tree and the surrounding towns in the Liverpool Plains area. Rural kids are often introduced to these sports at a young age as a natural extension of life on the land, which goes on to become a lifelong passion. Quirindi is host to national-class eventing, regular race days, polo carnivals and more.
The Quirindi Jockey Club’s race days are always well attended and have been a vibrant monthly event in the community calendar for many years. The Club’s most recent event on June 30 featured the John ‘Mouse’ Sinclair Benchmark 55 Handicap 1600m, run in honour of the prolific Quirindi Jockey Club member who passed away in 2012. John Sinclair was a stalwart of the Jockey Club and its first full-time secretary, serving for 28 years. The Club’s next race day – the Perry Homes Family Day – is coming up on Sunday July 27. Gates open at 11am, featuring loads of great racing action plus Fashions on the Field.
Quirindi Eventing consistently runs high-level equestrian events throughout the year. Last weekend, the regular local Three Day Event (featuring dressage on Friday, cross country on Saturday and showjumping on Sunday) was attended by more than 70 entrants, including two Olympic medallists – Shane Rose and Stuart Tinney. Shane won a silver medal as part of Australia’s three-day eventing team in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and Stuart won a team gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. These world-class athletes praised the cross country standard as well as the showjumping course design of the Quirindi venue. The Quirindi events are known for their camaraderie and great organisation, with many local volunteers involved in making the weekend run smoothly.
Polocrosse is a sport that’s really going strong in country New South Wales, with competition at a consistently high level and loads of opportunities for new riders to enter the sport. There are multiple tournaments across the state every month. Quirindi Polocrosse Club is based at the Quirindi Showground and Racecourse. They have regular practice days, and anyone is welcome to come down and watch. The annual carnival is held in May, with this year’s event attracting 70 teams from across NSW, Queensland and even an A Grade Men’s Comp team from New Zealand. It’s a great spectator sport and the carnival also has lively entertainment, with dinner and drinks on the Saturday night. Polo’s a great sport for riders of any age – the Junior Polo School was held in Quirindi last weekend, and there’s a Polo Carnival Club Tournament coming up on August 30-31. If you would like further info or are interested in playing polo, contact any current local member or the club directly.
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