The iconic Scone Horse Festival, which attracts more than 10,000 visitors and equestrians from across the country, today announced its 2023 theme as part of the official 2023 campaign launch.
‘Kings & Queens of the Stable’
Scone Horse Festival President, Andrew Cooper, said the theme celebrates the men and women who have had amazing contribution to the equine industry, while also paying tribute to our longest ruling monarch, Queen Elizabeth, and her enduring love for horses.
“Queen Elizabeth started riding when she was three and continued to do so until the year of her passing,” Mr Cooper said.
“From beginning with a Shetland pony named Peggy to being the first reigning monarch to win Royal Ascot’s Gold Cup with her thoroughbred, Estimate. The Queen’s lifelong love for horses is something we resonate with and aim to showcase in next year’s Kings & Queens themed festival.
“The Coronation of His Majesty the King also falls on the same weekend as our 2023 Street Parade.”
In 2023 the Upper Hunter will see people travelling from across New South Wales and interstate to attend the iconic equestrian festival.
“The Festival, situated in Scone – the birthplace of over 50% of Australia’s Thoroughbred racehorses, showcases the versatility of the horse and pays homage to all breeds and disciplines including thoroughbreds, Australian Stock horses, draught horses, rodeos, dressage, show-jumping and more.
“The festival will include an equine extravaganza, the iconic street parade, sheep dog trials, yarns night, farrier demonstrations, the Scone Horse Show, thoroughbred industry awards, a stud farm tour and the well-loved two-day race carnival – The Scone Cup Carnival.
“It’s going to be an incredible 10-day event – we encourage all Australians to come,” Mr Cooper said.