MEMBERS: Participants and members of the WPHA at the Wild Winter Games on Sunday.
MEMBERS: Participants and members of the WPHA at the Wild Winter Games on Sunday. Dane Lillingstone

Club says there is no issue with ‘just horsing around’

THE Whitsunday Performance Horse Association focuses more on fun than competition and over the weekend it was on full display.

The club held its Wild Winter Games on Sunday and it's an event they hope can become a major one on the local calendar.

There were 25 horses in the event with club president Tania Plemenuk saying she was pleased with the response.

"For our first little competition like this - we're stoked," she said.

"We were really thrilled with the turnout."

Ms Plemenuk said it was only the beginning for the event.

"They'll be getting bigger and better. Eventually we'd like to run whole weekends where they come and it will be 15 to 20 events over the whole weekend. It will be one of our big annual events," she said.

Events on Sunday included bending, a flag race, apple bobbing, western bend, time trial, and a five-drum team barrel race.

"It's not about time, it's about fun," Ms Plemenuk said.

Secretary Jen Dray agreed.

"Our focus is on having fun. Family based fun," she said.

"You can be as competitive as you like but you can also just want to come out and trot and have a good time. We encourage a friendly, family atmosphere."

The club would also like to thank 'muster masters' Sam and Carle Parkill and Dean and Leanne Farr for helping with the Wild Winter Games.

For more information on what the club does, visit the Whitsunday Performance Horse Association, email wpha2015@gmail.com or call Ms Plemenuk on 0417772960 or Ms Dray on 0427 726 598.


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