Stroud Showtime

Brumby 250 Competitors Billy and Tess and Hanah and Gypsy will compete at Stroud Show. Photo by La Bella Vita Photography.
Brumby 250 Competitors Billy and Tess and Hanah and Gypsy will compete at Stroud Show. Photo by La Bella Vita Photography.


STROUD Show is on again 26-27 April.

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Spectators can watch the serious business wife carrying which is always great fun.

This year’s show is host of the inaugural Brumby 250 where Four horse trainers from New South Wales have put all of their skills to the test for the past 250 days to train four snowy mountain brumbies, going head to head as they battle for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes.

The Brumby 250 Tournament, is a first for New South Wales and an initiative by the Hunter Valley Brumby Association.
President of the Hunter Valley Brumby Association, Kath Massey, is head of a small team overseeing the event and ensuring everything runs smoothly for both trainers and the Brumbies, “To ask people to take care of and train a wild horse for 250 days is a massive ask, especially in such a devastating drought, but everyone jumped at the opportunity.

‘We have just been astounded with what the trainers and the Brumbies have achieved in such a short time and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for the finals and no doubt the crowds will also be amazed.”

They will compete at Stroud Show on 26 April in the led and ridden Brumby classes and Saturday the 27 April is the grand finale being the freestyle competition where the trainers will use their imagination to showcase everything they have taught their Brumby over the past 250 days.

Hannah Pikkat, one of the trainers said “This has been a fabulous learning experience.

“I’m nervous about the finals but I’m also very excited to show what the Brumbies can do and what I have taught Gypsy,” says Hannah who has also opted to keep her Brumby after the Tournament is finished.

The show also has a wide range of food stalls, arts and crafts, and produce.

The K9 jumping is sure to be a hit with dogs scaling walls of up to 2m.

Add to this the program of barrel racing, ute muster, demo-derby, post splitting, animal nursery, rodeo, fireworks, prized produce and lawnmower race and Stroud has the makings for a wonderful show.

This weekend Stroud will be showcasing family friendly fun alongside with plenty of country hospitality and spirit to share.


By: Marian SAMPSON

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