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Feisty visitors at Tatura

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October 10, 2017

Oliver Walker, 4, with mum Deanne Walker, gets a pat from one of the horses.

Casey Gill being judged with Jackson Star.

Handler Kody Dertell with grand champion of show Karate Kid.

Horses well-known for their feisty temperament and all-around appeal battled, or rather trotted, it out in Tatura on the weekend.

Tatura Park was overrun by visitors for the Goulburn Valley Arabian Horse Club Muster and Championships, with competition held across two days, with awards presented on Sunday.

Show organiser Amy Blades, tired after two busy days, watched as riders competed in front of circling judges.

She said Arabian horses were much-loved for their versatility.

‘‘They’re such a versatile breed.

‘‘They’re not only show horses, you can take them out in dressage, jumping ... endurance.’’

Ms Blades said not everyone was enamoured with the breed and it was common for many to either ‘‘love them or hate them’’, herself firmly in the former category.

‘‘A lot of people love the breed, others don’t,’’ she said.

‘‘Their owners love them to bits.’’

Ms Blades was pleased with how the event had run.

She said efforts were being made to help people come alone to enjoy the event as spectators.

‘‘We’re trying to get people to come and watch,’’’ she said.

‘‘Our overall plan is next year we would like to put an open ring on, like with your ag shows.’’

Sydney-based show judge Robyn Rogers was pleased with the standard set on the weekend at what she graded as a being ‘‘really good show’’.

‘‘There’s been some really good quality horses,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s awesome for us judges.’’

‘‘The competitors have all been awesome.’’

Ms Rogers said horses at the show were typically judged on quality, type, confirmation, as well as appearance.

‘‘Everything about the horse is judged, it’s not just how pretty they look.’’

She said they followed a standard of excellence but understanding they were animals and mistakes were always going to be made, was important.

‘‘They are horses, they have their own brain,’’ she said.

The judge described the unique features of an Arabian horse includes ‘‘their temperament, and their fine skin,’’ and, generally, ‘‘the way they carry themselves’’.

She said wet weather did factor in, with some horses being bothered by a slippery surface, other less so.

Ms Rogers looks forward to more interest being shown in Arabian horse competition in future.

‘‘We would like to see a lot more people getting involved.’’

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