With the show set to go ahead this year Glen Innes Show Society member Perry Newman has been diligently preparing the event's main attraction.
The highlight of this year's Glen Innes Show will be the Tribute to the Glen Innes Horsemen and Women Past and Present.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions the organising committee was unsure if the show would be able to proceed this year. To the delight of committee members, however, they've got the go-ahead and are putting all their efforts into organising a great show.
The Glen Innes Show will run across three days from Friday February 12 to Sunday February 14. Showgoers can catch the Tribute to the Glen Innes Horsemen and Women Past and Present on the Friday and Saturday.
In the past the show has hosted several productions utilising local talents and committee member Perry Newman is excited to be able to do so again this year.
"I am a strong believer in using this talent, to showcase our town and to encourage more locals back to the show," he said.
Having previously worked in productions like the Australian Outback Spectacular Show at the Gold Coast, Mr Newman is keen to see similar attractions at the local show.
He mounted his first production, the Drover's Dream, in 2011 with help from locals.
"The show was a hit, using local talent of horsemen and women which told the story of Billy the Drover and his memories of the good old days," he said.
From the positive reception Mr Newman was inspired to put together another production.
"The Tribute to the Glen Innes Horsemen and Women Past and Present has come together from a long line of local horsemen and women who have not only just won at a local level but, as you will read in the rider profiles, Glen Innes has produced some of the best horsemen and women in the country, including four Warwick Gold Cup campdraft winners," he said.
Within the production small snippets of a variety of equine disciplines will be showcased, to demonstrate what the local talent of Glen Innes has to offer.
"I hope the locals will understand and appreciate what myself and the production members have put together in such a short amount of time," Mr Newman said.
The tribute show is dedicated to all the different equine disciplines, and to the past and present horsemen and women in the Glen Innes district, bringing them together in a single event.
"I would also like to devote this tribute show to my sister Maryann Thompson who was an accomplished and well-known horsewoman and a local identity in Glen Innes," Mr Newman said.
"She was always a big part of the equine community and was proud to call Glen Innes home."
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