MORE than 300 horses will be competing at the Northern NSW Show Horse Championships at the Lismore Showgrounds on May 24-27.
Recognised as the largest country Grand National qualifier in NSW, the event will draw competitors from as far north as Mackay and Roma in Queensland and Geelong in Victoria.
All trying to gain a championship so as to be invited to compete at the Grand National event which is held at Sydney International Equestrian Centre at Horsley Park.
Competitors from every state in Australia and New Zealand compete under international judges especially brought out from England.
The Lismore championships begin on Thursday with children’s ridden classes followed by registered riding ponies and working hunters. Working hunters are judged on their working ability and ability to jump.
On the Friday champion and reserve champion winners will be eligible to go onto compete at the Grand Nationals.
On the Saturday and Sunday hunter and show horses compete in pony, galloway and hack sections under three judges, also attempting to qualify for the Grand Nationals.