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ACDS Club Events for 2022

Posted by Mary Grant on December 16, 2019 at 7:20 PM Comments comments ()


Red - Comeptitions / Ribbons       Black - Other Events      Green - Hills club

Feb :

  • 12th - 13th Pleasure Drive weekend - Hills Club


  • 13th Sports Day Rossmore Park - Hills Club
  •  8th - 19th Sydney Royal Easter Show
  • 17th Activity Day Rossmore Reserve - Hills Club ??Park Drive

May : 

  • 6th - 8th Hawkesbury Agricultural Show
  • 22nd Activity Day Rossmore - Hills Club 

June :  

  • 26th Winter Gymkhana Rossmore - Hills Club

July : 

  • 24th Activity Day Rossmore Reserve - Hills Club 

August :  

  • 14th Interclub Challendge Day Hills, Camden, S Highlands

September :  

  • 11th Dressage, Cones, Marathon Event, Rossmore Reserve - Hills Club 

October :  

  • 9th Actiity Day Rossmore - Hills Club

November :  

  • 13th Activity Day Rossmore - Hills Club


  Maitland District Show : 18th- 20th Feb , start 1pm www.maitlandshowsociety.com.au/

Newcastle District : 4th-6th March , start 8.30am www.newcastleshow.com.au

Camden Show : 1st - 2nd  April  www.camdenhavenshow.org.au

Stroud : 22nd - 24th  April

Central Coast Gosford Regional Show: 30th April - 1st May

Hawkesbury : 6th - 8th May www.hawkesburyshow.com.au/

St Ives : 14th-15th May www.stivesshow.com.au

Penrith Show : 27th-28th August , harness mid morning, www.penrithshow.com.au

Singleton : 23rd-25th September , Schedule available early July, www.singletonshow.com

 Taree Show : 8th - 9th October  

Camden Haven Show: 15th - 16th October

Morisset Show : 15th - 16th October www.morissetshow.org.au

Frenshs Forrest Show: 5th November

Harness Requirements For New Show Venues

Posted by Mary Grant on November 17, 2010 at 8:55 AM Comments comments ()

Harness Classes 


Judging requirements and scoring at local Agricultural Shows having harness classes new to their venue is as follows: 


Best presented is marked on overall presentation of vehicle, driver, harness and horse/pony.

       · Must wear apron

       · Must have driving whip

       · If lantern holders present, must have lanterns attached and matches inside.

       · Cleanliness of horse/pony and presentation, plaiting optional.

       · Cleanliness and safety of vehicle, wheel bearings etc.

       · Harness fitted accurately and correctly in draft

       · Drivers presentation satisfactory, helmets compulsory for under aged drivers (17yrs

         >, head attire must be worn by all other drivers.

Overall marks 50% horse/pony

30% carriage

10% driving ability and use of aids

10% harness and correct fitting


Horse and pony classes, heavy horses may compete in open horse over 14hh only.

       · This is marked solely on the horse/pony performance, balance, movement and

        obedience to aids of driver.· You do not loose marks for pneumatic tyres, training

        vehicles etc. 


 Driver classes are marked solely on the driver and effectiveness of their aids; ie whip, voice, reins, contact, vehicles balance (two wheelers only)

       · Must have a whip, apron, hat, appropriate shoe wear and gloves.

       · Young driver <17yrs must have a groom and an accompanied adult driver prior to

        entering show ring. This is FEI and EA and ACDS requirements.

For detailed Show Judge Requirments refer to ACDS