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Horse and Pony Highlights

(Un)bridled delights

The Horse Competition will once again see some of the best groomed animals at Ekka take over the Main Arena. Horses have been competing at Ekka since the very first show in 1876, when silver cups were awarded to the best stallion and best heavy draught stallion.

Today, the Horse Competition attracts an average of 2,400 entries, making it one of the largest Ekka competitions. More than 15 breeds of horses are displayed over the four competition sections – Horse, Thoroughbred, Showjumping and Farriers and Blacksmiths.

This year for the very first time, Ekka guests will be able to go onto the Main Arena on the first Sunday of show (August 13) to get up close to these beautiful animals and watch the Horse Competition being judged.

Another highlight is the Showjumping Competition, which in 1898 was one of the most spectacular attractions held in the Main Arena.

Today, the Showjumping Grand Prix (August 20) in particular is a favourite with horse lovers and attracts a large crowd.

Thoroughbred Day

Magnificent horses take the spotlight as the glitz and glamour of a day at the races comes to Ekka on Thoroughbred Day (Monday, August 14) Now in it's 11th year, $30,000 in cash and prizes are at stake for Queensland's finest horses as they compete for the coveted title of Supreme Champion Thoroughbred. Men and women wear formal race attire as they lead their horses into the arena.

Horse Breeds Expo

Horse around with 10 different breeds on show at the Horse Breeds Expo. From colourful Appaloosa and Pinto, to the heavy Percheron and Clydesdale breeds, right down (literally) to the small in stature, but large in life, Miniature and Fjord horses.

Farriers and Blacksmiths 

The ancient art of blacksmithing and farriery has also long been an essential part of the horse world.  This is displayed in the Farriers and Blacksmiths Competition (August 12 - 14), with entrants designing and shaping metal into shoes over hot flames.