Upper Hunter Country

Upper Hunter Country
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

Polo in the Paddock coming to Scone

This year’s Spring Carnival is set to be a bonanza with Scone Polo Club teaming up with Event Mangers; Polo in the Paddock (Olivia Morgan) to present a spectacular weekend of Polo, food and wine. The Dougal Archibald Cup will consist of eight teams battling it out over three days PLUS four 16 goal teams in warm up matches before the Ellerston, Kerry Packer Cup the following weekend.

Saturday 27 September will be the highlight with special entertainment, sit down lunch in the marquee (side line), music and entertainment organised from midday right through till evening.

Tickets available for the marquee, hamper in the Club House or for a car stand to watch exciting polo with fine food and wine.
Book tickets online at

Admission $25 per person;
Members & kids (< 15 yrs) free
Finals are on Sunday.

Further info:

Published in Events & Festivals
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

A Widden Welcome...

The historic Widden Stud in the south west corner of Muswellbrook Shire provided an outstanding insight into the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry which is a major part of the economy in Upper Hunter Country.

Widden Stud put out the welcome mat to well over 200 members of the public on Saturday 23rd August when they presented 11 magnificent stallions at their annual Open Day. The parade included such great performers as Serbring, Zoustar, Stratum, Shamus Award and Star Witness.

The stud covers over 8,000 acres along the narrow valley floor of Widden Brook surrounded by the ancient sandstone cliffs of the Wollemi National Park. As well as the world famous thoroughbred enterprise, Widden also operates a high quality commercial beef herd including Hereford and Santa Gertrudes cross cattle. The valley is home to other famous horse studs including the neighbouring
Baramul Stud operated by well-known Australian business entrepreneur, Gerry Harvey.

The property has been the home of the Thompson family since the 1830s with the first racehorses bred at the stud in 1867. Since then, racehorses from Widden have taken on the best on the track in Australia and around the world. The stud has an outstanding record of winners over many generations.

For racing and racehorse enthusiasts, the list horses from Widden reads like the “Who’s Who” of the thoroughbred world. A row of “headstones” chronicle the Stud’s fabulous history and outstanding breeding record with names such as Vain, Bletchingly, Todman and Marscay etched in sandstone tablets from the surrounding cliffs dating back beyond the Dreamtime.        

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What a great August weekend for this years events - tremendous weather with 85 horses in competition. The weekend kicked off Thursday night (2 days before the event started), with 21 horses already on the ground. By Friday night 65 camped over. Others arrived on Saturday morning for the  8:30am start with very large classes of Clydesdales, Draught, Percherons, other breeds and Shires on show and in competition. 

Delivery, Heritage and Show vehicles attracted a lot of competitors as well as the ploughing/harrowing classes. The day rolled on smoothly into Sunday.

The workday challenge always prove to be a crowd winner as spectators love to watch these Heavy Horses work. The riding classes attracted a lot of competitors of all ages and interest. Our new event for 2014 the Heavy Horse Barrel Race proved not only a winner for the competitors (who gave it their all) but with the spectators as well.

This year saw an increase in the number of Stall holders, who were supported by all in attendance. There was a wide variety of goods to purchase as well as food and drinks.

Over 2000 spectators attended the weekend and complimented on both days events - all good!

A reminder this happens all again in 2015 and we look forward to seeing you there.

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John Sercombe


Published in Events & Festivals