Equine Expo judged a success

Invercargill Kennington Pony Club members Katelin Stuart (17), left, and Ashleigh Butson (16), sell raffle tickets at the Southern Equine Expo in Otatara recently. Photo: Nicole Sharp
Invercargill Kennington Pony Club members Katelin Stuart (17), left, and Ashleigh Butson (16), sell raffle tickets at the Southern Equine Expo in Otatara recently. Photo: Nicole Sharp
Bridles, bits, and bags - it was all things equine at the Otatara Hall on Sunday at the Southern Equine Expo.

The third annual event, which is organised by Flying Horse owner Julia Latham, attracted about 1000 people, which was up on last year.

Mrs Latham said all of the businesses reported excellent sales from the event, and one in particular, McMillan Feeds - which was new to the expo - had already rebooked and requested a bigger stand due to exceptional interest in its product at the expo.

''All the businesses that have been with us from the start are returning next year, which is awesome.''

Equine professionals again gave lectures at this year's expo.

The Invercargill Kennington Pony Club was raising funds at the expo, running a raffle throughout the day and selling food.

''The club raised about $1200 and wish to thank everyone who bought raffle tickets and a huge thank you to the businesses that donated towards it ... especially Peter Gates from Matamata Saddlery for his generous donation of a cover valued at $500,'' Mrs Latham said.

The Southern Equine Expo would be back in 2019, but most likely in a new venue, as it had now outgrown the hall.

 

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