The Scone & Upper Hunter horse Festival, which will run from the 5th to the 15th of May 2016, showcases the versatility of the horse and is sure to provide everyone with an opportunity to experience something completely different.
This year's festival is themed 'Horses go to Rio' in celebration of the 2016 Olympic Games being held in Rio de Janeiro.
With Scone known as the 'Horse Capital of Australia', the festival pays homage to all breeds of horses including thoroughbred, stock horses and draught horses as well as the men and women who breed and work with them.
One of the most striking demonstrations of the kindred of horse and man is the horse parade which is conducted on the opening Saturday of the festival. Headed by veteran horsemen, the parade is a showcase for the Upper Hunter horse world: a great family spectacle that packs the main street of Scone.
Other events throughout the festival include the festival ball, charity rodeo, sheep-dog trials, yarn's night, polo, farrier's competition, tent pegging, horse sports for schools, stud tours, yearling sale and much more.
The festival concludes with the iconic Scone Cup races, a two-day race carnival at the prestigious Scone Race Club. A multi-million dollar event that attracts over 16,000 people. The Scone Cup Carnival has grown into one of the biggest country provincial race meets on the NSW calendar.
To celebrate the end of the 10-day long festival a picnic and fireworks display is held at nearby Lake Glenbawn. This event includes games, rides and stalls that the whole family will enjoy.