FOR nearly 40 years now, the Scone & Upper Hunter Horse Festival has celebrated its equine heritage and history in the lead up to what is now the richest country racing carnival in Australia – the Emirates Scone Cup Carnival.
FEATURE EVENT: The Scone Equine Hospital Festival Parade will be a highlight on Saturday.
Started in 1980, the festival celebrates the horse capital of Australia and attracts tens of thousands of people each year from within the region and further afield to recognise the community’s pride in all aspects of the nation’s premier equine industry.
Each year the Scone & Upper Hunter Horse Festival chooses a theme.
In 2016, it’s Horses go to Rio evoking either a Rio Olympic Games or a Rio Carnival atmosphere – which no doubt will be displayed during the Scone Equine Hospital Festival Parade starting at 11am on Saturday at Kelly Street, Scone.
The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association and its members, including the Scone Equine Hospital, Godolphin (formerly Darley), Vinery, Coolmore, Inglis, and our sister organisation the Australian Stock Horse Society have been and continue to be proud sponsors of the festival.
They support events such as the Festival Parade, the VIP Dinner, the Festival Ball, the Calcutta, Scone Horse Sports, Team Vaulting, Farrier’s Challenge Showcase, the Scone Cup and the picnic and fireworks by Lake Glenbawn, which wraps up proceedings on May 15.
Visit the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association stand at Horse X: The Equine Expo in Kelly Street on the opening weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8.
There is much to see and do during the festival – including touring the world famous stud farms, attending the Inglis HTBA Scone Yearling Sale and the Scone races, which last year attracted some 14,000 people to the region.
More information on the Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival, featuring dates, times and locations, the Upper Hunter Stud Tours, the Emirates Scone Cup Carnival and the Inglis HTBA Scone Yearling Sale (White Park on May 15) can be obtained from:
Or, by visiting the Scone Visitor Information Centre located at the corner of Kelly and Susan streets, Scone.
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