Kyo­gle kicks off North Coast show sea­son

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Front Page - Jas­mine Burke

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

PHOTO: JAS­MINE BURKE

WATCH ME WHIP: Makayla Sneath shows off her whip-crack­ing skills at the Kyo­gle Show.

SKILLS: Trick rider Mikayla Jade at Kyo­gle Show.

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