The significant contributions and remarkable talents of equine enthusiasts were recognised last night, as the Young Achiever of the Year, Horse of the Year and 2023 VIP were announced during the official launch of the 43rd Scone Horse Festival.
As horse festival enthusiasts filled the Pavillion of Arrowfield Stud, Duncan Macintyre was announced as the 2023 VIP, Charlie Richardson as Young Achiever of the Year and Brigadoon Park Black Magic as Horse of the Year.
Thank you to all our nominees and those who nominated them. We are so proud to have a community of incredible people who contribute so much to the equine industry and beyond. Thank you to Arrowfield for hosting the VIP Night and supporting the 2023 Scone Horse Festival!
VIP 2023 – Duncan Macintyre
Duncan has been part of the Scone Community for many years and has had a major impact on the horse community and industry. He has been involved in many horse clubs and societies in the Upper Hunter including being a member and breeder of Australian Stock Horses for the past 25 years, and has competed at many Australian Stock Hore Ag Shows. He was the Upper Hunter Show President from 2005-2008 and filled the roll as announcer for the Aberdeen Pony Club as well as the Scone Horse Sports. Duncan has been an announcer for Show Jumping for 20 years and Parton at the Upper Hunter Show. Duncan was also a Polo player from 1983-2001, the Scone Polo Club President from 1997-1999, then again from 2021-2023.
For the past 10 years, Duncan has been the Owner of Invermein Thoroughbred Stud and continues to support the Scone Race Club as a member. An active community member, Ducan volunteers for the Rural Fire Brigade and was the past captain of the Thornthwaite Brigade. He has also been part of the Upper Hunter Education Fund since 2017 which helps foster the further education of people in the Upper Hunter.
Young Achiever 2023 – Charlie Richardson
Charlie competes in both Showjumping and Eventing disciplines and has many accomplishments under his belt. His Eventing achievements include 1st at the Australian Interschools in 2019, 1st at the Coonabarabran Expo as age champion, 3rd at the Wallaby Hill 3 Day Event in 2020, 1st at the Coonabarabran Expo as age champion in 2021, and 4th at the Syndey Eventing 3* in that year. In 2022 he took out 1st place at the Coonabarabran Expo as age champion again, 3rd at the NSW Interschools 2*, 4th in the Australian Interschools 2*, and 4th at the Wallaby Hill 4*.
Charlie’s achievements continue with his Showjumping. In 2022 he competed in the Junior 1.20m-1.30m. He was selected in the final four riders for the Youth Olympics held in Aachen (Germany) and was picked as reserve. He placed 3rd at the Waratah World Cup in the Open 1.20m, 1st in the Tamworth Showjumping Open 1.20m, 2nd in the Thoroughbred Sport Horse Association National Titles 1.20m, and 1st at the Thoroughbred Sport Horse Association 6 Bar while taking out a world record of 1.75m.
In 2023, Charlie was selected to represent Australia at the Oceania Young rider Competition in New Zealand. The team rode New Zealand Horse and came away with the win. Charlie is overall a wonderful ambassador for the horse industry.
Horse of the Year 2023 – Brigadoon Park Black Magic
Owned by Kartina Wilson, Brigadoon Park Black Magic completes in the discipline of Showing. This horse has had a very successful showing career in the short time they have been competing. Achievements so far include 13 Champions, 15 Reserve Champions and six Supreme Champions!
This impressive pony has an incredible list of achievements, securing Brigadoon Park Black Magic the award of 2023 Horse of the Year.