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Guy McLean to feature at
Equestrian Centre opening

by Cameron Outridge

Guy McLean – The Man From Susan River, is a star attraction at the opening of the Maleny Equestrian Centre this Saturday September 13 at 12.30pm.   The man who rides without saddle or bridle is well supported by a starring cast of riders representing a cross section of equestrian disciplines.   There will be cowboys from Conondale, the dedicated young riders of the Maleny Pony Club, the Lighthorse and Arabian displays, and 44 Maleny High School students and their line-dancing.   The Equestrian Extravaganza at the Maleny showgrounds starts at 12.30pm.  There will be stalls, face painting and a clown.

Maple 3 and Quota will manage the food and Maleny Apex the bar.

Maleny Pony Club riders Sam Howard, Rachael Skelton and Emily Outridge
on Cassy with instructor Robyn Whitehead, practising at the new indoor arena.


Mayor to saddle up for Equestrian Centre opening

It will be a case of “Hi-ho, silver. Away” as Caloundra City Mayor, Councillor Don Aldous officially opens the Maleny Indoor Equestrian Centre at the Maleny Showgrounds this Saturday at 12.30pm.

Cr Aldous encouraged residents to come along and help celebrate this historical event. “Entry to Saturday’s Equestrian Extravaganza, which features a diverse range of entertainment, is free and is guaranteed to entertain all members of the family,” he said. “Following the official opening, I will be saddling up alongside other local notables in the community to compete in a fancy dress celebrity challenge ride.  “However the star attraction will be Guy McLean - the Man from Susan River .

“The ‘Equestrian Extravaganza’ will also feature performances by riders from the 12 local equestrian disciplines including a fine display of riding as mother and daughter team, Linda and Melanie Schmerglatt, perform a Dressage number to classical music.”

Cr Aldous said in a real crowd pleaser, 46 students from Maleny High School will be boot-scooting as they perform a line dance event.

“There will also be trade stalls, raffles, entertainment by Enuf-Sed, a beef cattle display, scrumptious food stalls, a bar and a clown and face painter for the children.  “On the opening day, two local designers will launch their new and innovative products, including a specially designed safety vest which will be a first for Australian riders.”

Maleny riders lead the way in road safety.

A local rider has designed a Road Wear Safety Vest for horse riders when travelling on the roads.   Many forestry trails are being closed as development marches in to the Sunshine Coast hinterland and more and more horse riders are being forced to tackle the roads to get to their destination.

The Road Wear vests can been seen 100 metres away and are emblazoned with “PLEASE SLOW DOWN” with reflective tape.  “Drivers must be made aware that what you see 100 metres ahead of you may not be the case as you speed past the horse riders,’’ said designer Robyn Whitehead.  “Ahorse’s vision is far more peripheral and much less binocular than humans and some of the quietest horses can suddenly take fright and jump out in front of a speeding car with catastrophic results.   “Horses have a strong flight instinct when surprised.

“We live in a community where there is an active equestrian contingent, and many children do not have the facility of a horse float to get to Pony Club and they are forced to ride on the side of the road.   A recent event in Yandina, where the horse and rider were hurled over the edge of a cliff, prompted Robyn to start a road safety rider awareness campaign.   The Road Wear Safety Vest is being launched at the Official Opening of the Maleny Equestrian Centre this Saturday 13th September 2003.

The opening commences at 12.30 and vests will be available for sale on the day at a special price of $15.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.