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The 2004 Dorrigo Agricultural Show

It’s Dorrigo’s annual Show this weekend, so we drove across to visit. Dorrigo is about 110 km (70 miles) east of here. It has a much higher rainfall than us and is a rich, lush agricultural area. Dairy farming is more commonplace than here (we have sheep/wool as a major industry).

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Flies annoy the horse, the tail flicks in response
At this time of year, and especially where there are lots on animals around, the flies are thick and annoying. This horse certainly had plenty to say on the matter – it’s tail flicking left and right.

Axes chop at the wooden block
Just how quickly can you chop a solid wooden block into two parts? Not very long at all – especially if the axe is sharp.

Horse jumping in the main arena
Horse jumping. You’d never get me up in one of those things!

Bull and handler await the judges
There were several classes of cattle being judged. The animals and handlers waited patiently for the judges to get around to them.

Two onlookers. The sun was strong so just about everybody was hugging the shade. Those that weren’t in the shade were already an unpleasant shade of pink.

Two oldtimers catch up on the news
At the drinks booth, two oldtimers catch up on each other’s news.


  1. Emily says:

    i was searching the internet for some good Xcounty & show jumping pics, & i came across one of these photos & recognised the background as the showgrounds!! small world! i even know some of the people in photos!

  2. Emily says:

    the murry grey behind the black bull name is bilbo, & i lead him in the 2005 dorrigo show in the lead steer event, what are the odds :o)

  3. Mollie Knowles says:

    I think these are realy good pictures, and I love horses, I care about them as much as I care about myself. My dream is to ride a horse, and I finally got to , but now I would like to keep one. I wish this was in royal park or atleast somewhere in Adelaide. I read all of the pony pal books and want to go to horse riding lessons. I do not know how to ride but for my 7th party I went to a place called sunny brae stables. Please come to royal park or anywhere in adelaide plezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I want to join. I will try and be a good rider. From Mollie

  4. carly says:

    haha it is a small world i used to live in dorrigo and rode my horse in that show i even know some of those ppl in those photos too. i love riding and shows are so exciting in encourage anyone thinking of attending their annual shows

  5. cassey.lynwood says:

    it looked pretty boring

  6. mariann says:

    Grew up in Dorrigo seeing these pics made me very home sick

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