Kyogle kicks off North Coast show season
SHE may look cute, but if you hand 11-year-old Makayla Sneath a whip, you had better stand back and cover your ears.
And whip-cracking isn’t her only talent.
At the Kyogle Show at the weekend Makayla was awarded Junior Showgirl, won first prize in the art exhibition with her floral piece and paraded her miniature pony.
But best of all, she got to hang out with her “idol”, trick horse rider Mikayla Jade, who showed her a thing or two.
“I learnt a trick from Mikayla Jade where you throw your leg over the horse; I ended up on the horse’s neck,” Makayla said.
“It was really cool getting to spend time with her.”
Makayla’s family – dairy farmers from Kyogle – all had something to show during the two-day event.
Mother Bec Sneath said the show was a long-time family tradition.
“We’ve come to the show every year since forever,” Ms Sneath said.
Makayla’s brothers Will and Ollie Sneath were busy with horses during the weekend, along with her mother, who entered several events in the horse schedule range including campdraft.
While it’s seen plenty of changes over the years, the event has held onto its traditions.
The horses were just some of the highlights at the 108th Kyogle Show, held on Friday and Saturday.
Craft, food and flowers were everywhere, while kids found thrills on the rides (or in the haunted house).
Wood chips rained down on the wood-chopping arena from young and old woodcutters swinging their axes.
Miss Showgirl was announced during the grand parade on Saturday afternoon.
The highly sought-after title for 2017 Kyogle Showgirl went to Liesl Pederson.
More than 500 prized pooches were also put through their paces in front of a tough panel of judges.
Turn to page 22 to see c more pictures from the 2017 Kyogle Show.
❝ We’ve come to the show every year since forever. — Mum Bec Sneath
WATCH ME WHIP: Makayla Sneath shows off her whip-cracking skills at the Kyogle Show.
SKILLS: Trick rider Mikayla Jade at Kyogle Show.