Showtime at Woodenbong
By NERIDA BLOK
BARRY REYNOLDS is looking forward to showing off his gentle giants at Sunday's Woodenbong Show.
Early this Sunday morning, Mr Reynolds, of Casino, will truck his three Clydesdale horses ? Simon, Princess and Dolly ? to the country show and enter them in the double slide, single slide and wagon class pulling competitions.
It's been an anxious week of preparation for Mr Reynolds and his helpers, who are also competing in the Bonalbo Show today and tomorrow.
But it's the excitement of showtime that keeps them involved.
"There's definitely anticipation ? you're keen to get there and compete," he said.
"That's what you look forward to all week. If you didn't enjoy it you wouldn't do it."
Mr Reynolds said shows were a great way to show people your finished product.
"It's a real thrill," he said.
Mr Reynolds said his Clydesdales, which were broken in and trained by Casino's Pat Randall, should perform well.
"They'll do alright," he predicted.
"Pat has got them going well."
Always popular with children, Mr Reynolds said Clydesdales were equally loved by the older generation.
"They remind them of the olden days of farming where they pulled and ploughed every- thing," he said.
"It's all a lot of people had ? they didn't have tractors."
Woodenbong show president Margaret Martin said this year's show, which starts at 8am, would include all normal equestrian ring events, Olympic jumping, led cattle competitions, a dog show with 316 dogs, a big show pavilion and chainsaw rac- ing.