Knock out day in ring a highlight
GYMPIE Show chief ring steward John Warren promised Friday would be a big day packed with action and his prediction didn’t fall short of the mark.
Showgoers crammed into the grandstand and filled seating around the Pacific Honda Arena to take in the program’s highlights.
Among the competitors were two former Olympians - Tim Amitrano and Ron Easey.
While Amitrano and Easey added plenty of experience, they were kept on their toes by plenty of young talent rising through the ranks.
Warren, on previewing the day’s program on the opening day of the Show, said the Gympie public was being given an exclusive chance to see quality showjumping talent.
Competition yesterday was of a state level with the south-east Queensland D, C, B and A Grade Showjumping Championships being contested.
One rider attracting applause from an appreciative crowd was Kim Hills on imported German horse Noliso in the Grand Prix event.
Hills showed exceptional talent carving up the course, while Noliso had commentator Alain Hendersen handing out lavish praise.
“One of the finest pieces of horse flesh I have ever seen,” he said.
Today may be the final day of the Gympie Show but there is still plenty to see in the big ring. Action begins at 7.30am with the south-east Queensland Junior Showjumping Championship with plenty of young talent strutting their stuff.