Kilkivan Ride postponed
THE Kilkivan Great Horse Ride has had to be postponed this year due to the extremely dry conditions and very high danger on all trails.
Outgoing president Dave Golding announced on Wednesday the management team had reached a unanimous decision that the event must be postponed in the interests of safety for all riders and horses, and support crews.
"With a month to go, we felt we needed to make the call today in order to provide sufficient time for all intending participants to make alternative arrangements for the first weekend in April,” Mr Golding said
"We have all been closely watching all available sources of weather predictions for the next four weeks.
"After close consultation with property owners, we have concluded that the likelihood of enough rain to significantly reduce the fire risk by March 31 is too low to proceed with our event as scheduled.”
Mr Golding, also a local Rural Fire Brigade officer, said conditions on all trails were tinder-dry at the moment.
"With riders planning to come from as far away as Cunnamulla and Melbourne, as well as stall holders, entertainers, demonstrators and spectators already planning to attend, we needed to weigh up the many factors involved and give everyone time to adjust their plans,” he said.
Trail co-coordinator Vern Berry said with Kilkivan already on level four water restrictions, it would be reckless to go ahead with the event, given the weather predictions for the next month.
But he said Kilkivan's iconic annual event was not cancelled. The Great Horse Ride weekend has been rescheduled for the weekend starting Friday, September 29.
"We plan to have the same trail options, the same program and the same determination to deliver an excellent fun, family friendly weekend so mark it on your calendars now,” Mr Berry said.
"It's the last weekend of the spring school holidays in Queensland, so plan to be in Kilkivan then.” For further updates, see the Kilkivan Great Horse Ride website at www.kilkivangreathorse
ride.com.au and the Facebook page.
The horse ride is normally help on a Saturday in April close to Easter.
Each year about 1100 horses and riders start from various places around the former Kilkivan shire, travelling 20-30km through picturesque country.
The horse ride has been an annual event in Kilkivan since 1986.