Fondly known as ‘Coona’ due to the event’s location in the NSW North West Slopes town of Coonabarabran, 550 students and more than 700 horses compete at the North West Equestrian Expo held in June each year.
Event Secretary Rebecca Moxham welcomed TIC’s ongoing support of what is Australia’s largest interschool equestrian competition.
“They have recognised the value of the type of person that comes to this type of event as being suitable to go far in the industry.
“We have riders from all over NSW now and from such a broad spectrum of disciplines. Often, they are quite natural riders and horsemen and women. They realise that they don’t just have to become a jockey and that there are many other opportunities in the industry for them,” said Moxham.
The North West Equestrian Expo was cancelled last year for the first time since 1992 due to COVID-19.
“We are all very much looking forward to hosting the event and the town is too. We are overwhelmed by the number of schools that have already signed up to take part,” she added.
Entries are now open for the 2021 North West Equestrian Expo and TIC CEO Lindy Maurice is thrilled to be supporting the event once again.
“This event is truly unique, school teams travel from right down in the Snowy Mountains through to Coffs Harbour on the north coast, to further west than Bourke, with some students competing who are from Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
“Most camp at the showground, ride from dawn to dusk and at night the parents, teachers, and riders chat around the campfire. Coona is an event which has taken on a life of its own,” said Maurice.
The 2021 North West Equestrian Expo will be held from Friday, June 4 to Tuesday, June 8.
TIC will again host an evening by the fire on Sunday 6th June after the final of the Polo Cross to enable participants to discuss careers options in the thoroughbred industry and explore what sort of education and training is available to them.
Entries will open on the 22nd of March close on April 28 or prior if capacity is reached.
For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact: Rebecca Moxham (North West Equestrian Expo) on 0427 426 228 or Lindy Maurice (Thoroughbred Industry Careers) on 0488066604, Thoroughbredindustrycareers.com.au