• Hon Sam Farraway MLC

COONABARABRAN BRING AUSTRALIA’S BEST YOUNG RIDERS TO THE BUSH THANKS NSW GOVERNMENT FUNDING

Thousands of young riders, spectators and officials from around the country will be centre stage this June at Australia’s largest secondary school equestrian event, thanks to vital funding from the NSW Government.


NSW Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway said the North West Equestrian Expo has been given over $62,000 in funding support from the NSW Government to help with hosting the event on 4 - 8 June, drawing competitors from around Australia to Coonabarabran.


“The North West Equestrian Expo is one of the largest national horse events and will attract our state’s elite young riders and rising stars from metro, regional and rural NSW, all chasing selection in national teams across all fields,” Mr Farraway said.

“The five-day North West Equestrian Expo will bring more than 2,000 daily visitors to the region and this includes the only Interschool Polocrosse Championships in the Southern Hemisphere, and this will encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more.


“Hosting major events like the North West Equestrian Expo puts more heads on beds and fills local restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions, all of which helps drive regional NSW’s economic recovery from bushfire, flood, drought and COVID-19.”


The NSW Nationals in Government Regional Events Acceleration Fund is building stronger regional communities by bringing together people, in this case 550 of the best young riders and rising talent representing 100 secondary schools.


The North West Equestrian Expo is a major competition for all riders and it is also important for these young athletes to gain experience with more time in the saddle as they strive for a spot in a national team.


The $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund is part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services and community infrastructure for regional communities.

For further information, including program guidelines and eligibility criteria, go to:

nsw.gov.au/REAFund.