For those who like a meat pie and a beer, and who are not too
bad on a horse, the Strath Taieri A and P Show on Saturday
has just the thing - the annual musterers' race.
The race attracts large crowds each year to watch about eight
contestants - and their partners - battle for line honours.
Organiser Sheree Healey said the race began with the
consumption of a meat pie and a beer before competitors carry
a hay bale about 50m to their horse.
They then saddle the horse before galloping around the arena
to their partner, who they tow on a sack the length of the
''It is awesome. The horse is going full gallop, so you have
to hold on. There is a bit of a technique to it,'' Miss
Healey, who also takes part, said.
The partner then had to drink a beer, unsaddle the horse and
gallop bareback around the arena, avoiding any obstacles:
''That's the fun part.''
It was competitive with much ''skulduggery'' and friendly
''cheating'' going on.
Last year, baked beans were the choice of food but, because
not everyone finished before starting the race, a pie had
been chosen this year.
The A and P Show is on March 1 at the Strath Taieri A&P
Showgrounds and features plenty of other activities.