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Broken Hill Heads to Mildura Show

Last weekend a large number of Broken Hill locals headed south down the Mildura Road to attend the Mildura Show.

Some had been planning the jaunt and for many others we spoke at the Show, the decision was last minute.

Perhaps the visit by so many of our citizens is not too surprising because many horse competitors were left at a loose end due to the last minute cancellation of the Nanua Gymkhana at Kimberly Station, because of the rain.

Mildura Show Secretary Jo Rodda said it was great that so many people from Broken Hill had decided to come down to the event.

“It was certainly a welcome addition to the equestrian events, filling up some vacant spots.

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“We had great entertainment throughout the show with the Free Style Kings motorcycle stunt team, Jet Pack entertainment and a great fireworks display.

“The show was off to a slower than usual start with the wet weather taking its toll and causing opening day, Thursday to be pushed out to Friday,” Ms Rodda said..

“Despite the slow start the show was a huge success and it was great to see that so many people from Broken Hill decided to come down to join us.

“It was disappointing that Nanua was cancelled, but we are glad that we were able to provide an alternative for the Broken Hill crowd,” Ms Rodda said.

Janita Hurst made the trip to judge some of the equestrian events, she has recently returned to Broken Hill after spending six years working and living in Mildura.

“I have only been back in Broken Hill five weeks, but I have come back down to judge the encouragement ring and also the miniatures.

“The encouragement ring is just so that the kids have fun, and the main attraction of that is the fancy dress, where the competitors and their horses dress in a costume or theme.

“Judging the miniatures is a little more involved and includes how they are presented and how they move and just how they are put together.”

Ms Hurst has been judging horse events for about 15 years but involved with horses for around 40.

Along with equestrian competitors and the many show goers, there were also Broken Hill Businesses represented.

Alison and Mick Rolton from RPF Rural and Steel Supplies were astounded at the great response and the amount of stock they sold on the first day.

Kalleskes meats products, which are produced in Adelaide, such as pepperoni, mettwurst and Jerkyco beef jerky from Western Australia are just some of the items they had on hand.

“We have been working with Kalleskes for a while and they have changed the way they do things so we said we would lend a hand and sell their stock for them as well, which is very popular at the shows.

“We sold out of the metre long mettwursts on Friday and a lot of the other stock.

“At one stage we were considering making a quick trip to Adelaide over night to get more stock, but decided to just go with what we had.

“It was great to see so many people out after the rain,” Ms Rolton said.

PICTURE: Alison and Mick Rolton from RPF Rural and Steel Supplies.

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