From vaulting to tentpegging, polo and bronc riding, saddle up for action at this year’s Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival.
Vaulting dates back to ancient Rome and is best described as “gymnastics and dance on horseback”. It involves performing compulsory and freestyle moves like handstands, tumbles, flips, cartwheels, twists and other gymnastic tricks in time to music on a moving horse at either walk or canter.
Catch all the action this Saturday, May 7 (2pm-5pm) and Sunday, May 8 (9am-2pm) at ‘Dunsinane’ 274 Turanville Rd, Scone.
The Australian tentpegging championships take place Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, at White Park, Scone.
The sport originates from an old cavalry battle tactic where riders would mount pre-dawn raids on enemy camps, sever or uproot tent pegs, thus collapsing the tents on sleeping occupants and reaping havoc.
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Today the sport sees mounted horseman riding at a gallop and using a sword or a lance to pierce, pick up and carry away a small ground target (a symbolic tent peg) or a series of small ground targets.
Polo enthusiasts will be treated to two full weekends of competition at Scone Polo Grounds, Waverley Road, Gundy, with the Muswellbrook and Wooton Cups up for grabs.
Skilful, fast and action-packed, polo is particularly popular in Scone and the area has produced some of Australia’s greatest players.
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