Monday, March 7, 2011

Mundulla Show 2011

The Moot Yang Gunya Festival (Mundulla Show) continues to grow and develop as one of South Australia's most unique festivals, adding new attractions each year whilst somehow maintaining the feel of an old-fashioned country show. I regrettably missed seeing the Gravel-Shovelling Championship, which by all accounts was a real crowd-pleaser. I did however manage to squeeze into the packed marquee to watch chef Simon Bryant give one of his live cooking demonstrations with local ingredients including lamb and free-range turkey.

Utes from the ute muster filled up the cricket oval, the ambulance was called several times to the motorbike area, a live band blasted out covers of classic songs from the back of a semi-trailer, and I ... wandered around taking photos. Here are some of my favourites:

Above: Simon Bryant during one of Saturday's cooking demonstrations
Below: Greg Willoughby, showjumping convenor and newly-inducted Life Member of the Mundulla Show Society
Above: Sydney Olympian Jeff Bloomfield and the beautiful stallion Anton
Below: Sprite, the cutest dog in the world
Above: spectators for the Junior Championships
Below: The traditional "Blessing of the Horses" on Sunday morning
Above: the cutest pony in Sunday's harness competition
Below: Clydesdales resting between classes
Above: Jasmine Dawe and "Rip It Up" competing in the Junior Championships
Below: Junior showjumper having a bit of a "miss" on Sunday

Above: Paige and "Hendrix", winners of the Junior Championship
Below: Matt Afford, winner of the C Grade Championship

Above: Kristy Bruhn and "Belcam Cosmic" competing in the A&B Grade Championship
Below: Anthony Thomas, winner of the A&B Grade Championship

It was great to see the amazing showjumping horses that we have in South Australia jumping at their very best over the weekend. Mundulla Show is renowned for its quality jumping surface (thanks to the Mundulla Football Club for maintaining such a beautiful oval) and coursebuilder John Wilsher made sure the fences were at maximum height to properly showcase the ability of the horses and riders. I never thought I'd enjoy a show where I didn't bring a horse of my own, but the competitions at Mundulla were inspiring to watch. Congratulations to all involved.

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