The VAS Ltd Saddle Horse Championships was a successful weekend for all involved. The number of horses attending was impressive as competitors tried to keep cool in the warm conditions. The programme of classes was judged by 2 judges from Western Australia, 1 from South Australia, 1 from New South Wales and 1 from Victoria which gave a broad range of scope and experience.
Saturday brought the Off The Track State Final in the evening which proved to be very popular with both spectators and competitors. The warm weather didn't deter them as they worked out for the coveted title of State Final Winner with the opportunity to represent Victoria at the prestigious Nationals. The prize money of $1000 went to retired racehorse Excellingly ridden by Sarah McMaster.
Sunday brought a much more humid day but that didn't stop the huge number of horses trying their hardest to win the red, white and blue ribbons and the sought after garlands.
A highlight for Sunday was the inaugural Standardbred classes showcased by the Alabar HERO program Final. This was the first year for the HERO series which has been well attended throughout the agricultural shows this year. A total of 26 horses qualified for the event so it was a fantastic show of old favorites. With the rehoming and educating of retired race horses gaining popularity show societies will no doubt jump on board and provide this class for its competitors which encourages another breed to get out there and show the world just what it has to offer.
Eboni Knights and Equity Wizzbang (affectionately known as Maxwell Smart) made history as the first winners to don the colorful garland, ribbon and rug as well as taking home a $1000 cheque. Eboni stated that she's had Max for 8 years, he couldn't canter and she couldn't ride so they have certainly come a long way from then.