HORSE WHISPERER: Former Kyogle resident Lucas Perry, now from the Gold Coast hinterland, with his mottled percheron ‘Natasha’, a French draught horse competing in the heavy horse division of the Casino Show.
HORSE WHISPERER: Former Kyogle resident Lucas Perry, now from the Gold Coast hinterland, with his mottled percheron ‘Natasha’, a French draught horse competing in the heavy horse division of the Casino Show. Jamie Brown

Casino on show for all to see at 125th event

THIS year's Casino Show went off without a hitch, which is not surprising considering the dedicated committee have 125 years of experience behind them.

Officially opened by rugby league legend Matt King with the Show Girl crown going to Scout Symons, this year's agricultural event had all the hallmarks of success.

There were heavy horses on display, exposing ancient arts to a modern audience.

There were 130 of the best show cattle in the district competing for superiority, proving our region is indeed a breeding ground for a great diversity of proven genetics.

GIRLS REPRESENT: This year’s Casino show girl Scout Symons, left, with last year’s winner Alice Magner, Sydney Royal show girl Ellie Stephens and 2015 Casino Show girl runner-up Laura Clapham.
GIRLS REPRESENT: This year’s Casino show girl Scout Symons, left, with last year’s winner Alice Magner, Sydney Royal show girl Ellie Stephens and 2015 Casino Show girl runner-up Laura Clapham.

The working dogs showed keen prowess in the ring and of course the hacks and the ponies provided a handsome display.

In the pavilion the hard work of a lot of people was on show, from pretty bantams to gorgeous hippeastrums.

And the display of old mechanical engines with their snorting and sniffing was a sight to behold.

Newly crowned Show Girl, Scout Symons said her win was "an honour" and that the whole show girl quest was a pleasant surprise and the networking that went on was impressive.

"It was fun to meet the other girls and the committee is really lovely," she said.

League legend Matt King told the assembled crowd, gathering in the heat of a cloud-less spring day, that he was proud to call himself a Casino boy.

"Lessons learnt here in my home town - of mateship, of making friends with strangers, of saying please and thank you - all of these things are appreciated by people all over the world," he said.

And quoting his good friend and AFL coach Mick Malthouse, who grew up in country Victoria, Matt reiterated: "Believe that wherever you come from shapes you as a person, but it should never define you."

BLOOMIN’ LOVELY: Freda Armstrong of Bentley among the hippeastrums in the pavilion at the Casino Show.
BLOOMIN’ LOVELY: Freda Armstrong of Bentley among the hippeastrums in the pavilion at the Casino Show.


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