A meeting of the Executive Scone Horse Festival Committee was held last night (Monday, 16 March) to discuss the latest developments around Coronavirus and its impact on events and festivals. “The announcement by the Prime Minister on Friday regarding the banning of ‘non-essential’ gatherings of 500+ people, and genuine concern for the health…
The Scone Horse Festival are delighted to be hosting Shannon Noll and Dragon at White Park Arena for a live music concert to kick off the 40th anniversary of the Scone Horse Festival.
Have a read through Ella’s List blog about a family outing to Scone. She gives a run down on Scone and surrounds, highlighting the Scone Horse Festival.
Congratulations to our talented students ranging from preschool through to primary for the winning colouring in and drawing entrants.
Congratulations to all the winners and a special thanks to Scone Equine Hospital for sponsoring & organising an amazing parade.
The winners of the 2019 Scone Horse Festival Window Display have been announced. Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all the stores who participated.
Two Australian Champions and a salt of the earth Murrurundi Legend have been unveiled as winners of Scone Horse Festival Awards during a VIP function hosted by Arrowfield Stud tonight.
ARTICLE COURTESY OF THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH. Before names like Gai Waterhouse and Michelle Payne pushed the boundaries for women in Australian racing there was one little-known pioneer who quietly started it all around 60 years ago.
with legends, myths and fantasy… Janno Mclaughlin is an artist, local to Scone, who recently graduated with a Masters in Contemporary Art from the Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne University.
TAB has joined the Scone Horse Festival as a Gold Sponsor for the first time this year. As a key stakeholder in the equine and sporting industry, we are thrilled to welcome them to the festival.
Not only do we have the largest veterinary group in the southern hemisphere right here in Scone, but it is also home to some of Australia’s best equine veterinarians/ specialists in their field.
It should be no surprise that the two-day Scone Cup Carnival held this year on 10-11 May, is the richest country racing carnival in Australia, offering nearly $2M in prize money across the two days and holds stand-alone metropolitan status.
White Park world-class arena for Horse Capital of Australia. The new undercover White Park arena officially opened earlier this year and is now available for use in Scone, the Horse Capital of Australia.
Community Hubs supporting Scone Locals. A newly renovated golf course at the Scone Sporties, seemed like the perfect opportunity to combine a great day out in the middle of the Scone Horse Festival, leading into the Scone Cup Carnival.
Warburton Estate Agents has joined the Scone Horse Festival as a gold sponsor this year to bring the Warburton’s & McDonald’s Family Picnic and Finale Fireworks to the extended Scone community.
Back by popular demand, the legendary horseman Guy McLean returns to Scone to open the 2019 Scone Horse Festival, 5pm Thursday 2 May.
The Hunter Valley has long been famous as the source of thoroughbred racehorses, recognised alongside Kentucky and Ireland as a world-leading nursery of equine athletes.
Nominations are now open for the 2019 Scone Horse Festival Awards. The Awards include Horse Festival VIP, Young Achiever of the Year and Horse of the Year.
The Scone Horse Festival has claimed responsibility for the manure and horse shoes that were discovered on Scone streets earlier this week.
Reflecting on the last 10 days of the 2018 Scone Horse Festival, David Gatwood and the Scone Horse Festival Committee have been a powerhouse.
A big thanks to the Scone community for supporting Dolly’s Dream and raising a massive $3,148.35 via gold coin donations at the Guy McLean Show on Saturday afternoon.
The 2018 Scone Horse Festival Award winners were announced at the Gala Opening Night held at the spectacular Scone Race Club on Friday night.
For the first time, we will be recognising the outstanding achievements of a horse from the Upper Hunter Shire.
The VIP for each Scone Horse Festival is chosen because of their outstanding contributions to horses in the Upper Hunter Shire and this award has been presented each year since 1985.
The Young Achiever is a person between the ages of 16 and 21 who has excelled in their chosen horse sporting field. Previous recipients have been involved in rodeo, pony club, polocrosse etc.
Scone Horse Festival Nominations are now being requested for 2018. This year we have three awards for: Scone Horse Festival VIP, the Young Achiever Award; and Horse of the Year.
ignite (v): To give life or energy to.
Our Scone Horse Festival committee met last night to finalise our theme for 2018. Ignite the fun of the festival.
And so our new era begins…bringing the festival back to horses. And bringing the fun back to the festival through our refreshed brand.
Last night, our committee gathered with sponsors of the Scone Horse Festival and businesses throughout Scone to mix feedback and ideas which will contribute to future festival fun.
Our Scone Horse Festival committee is working towards 2018. David Gatwood, CEO of The Australian Stock Horse Society has taken over the reins as President of the Scone Horse Festival, with a fresh and motivating passion. He has teamed up with Julianne Christopher, Executive Officer of the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association Inc who is now…
Jack Johnston was involved in the Scone Horse Week from its inception in 1980 until the year of the Jack Johnston Testimonial in 1994. During that time he was awarded the first Horse Week VIP honour in 1985 and again in 1994. Jack led the parade most years during that time and he was the…
Nearly four decades ago, four community minded, horse passionate men combined their vision to turn a major country race meet into a festival for many to visit Scone, the horse capital of Australia and experience a love of horses and all that goes with it. Jim Rodgers, Mike Pritchard, Barry Chapman & Brian Russell created…
Tentpegging originated in the North West frontier of India and was taken up by the soldiers of the British Cavalry to use as practice for mounted warfare. The term ‘tentpegging’ is related to a battle tactic used by cavalry where a pre-dawn raid on an enemy camp would take place with riders severing or uprooting…
Vaulting is one of the most spectacular of the equestrian sports and is best described as ‘gymnastics and dance on horseback’. Equestrian Vaulting involves performers undertaking compulsory and freestyle movements, like handstands, tumbles, flips, cartwheels, twists and other gymnastic tricks in time to music on a horse moving at either a walk or a canter. …
We’re partnering with the newly formed Ideation Group, a Scone based marketing group, who have a knack for connecting businesses with communities through relevant and interesting stories. And as luck would have it, our secretary, Mandy Kennedy is a talented photographer, capturing moments in time as we start working through preparations for next year’s festival.…