Luddenham Show on this weekend

Luddenham Showground will thunder when trick riders on horseback race around the arena this weekend.

That is just one of several performances that are sure to entertain spectators at the popular Luddenham Show.

The country show is back for two days of entertainment and activities for young and old.

The 114th show will be held on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, 18.

Traditional show favourites will be back with two full days of judging horses and cattle, where breeders try to win the blue ribbon in the lead up to the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Woodchips will fly on the Sunday as some of Australia’s best axeman try to cut their logs in the quickest time.

Locals can also enter the pavilion categories including homebrew, flowers, photography, art, needlework, best scarecrow, work boots, poultry and Lego designs.

Luddenham Show Society member Darren Adams said the main arena entertainment, HLS Trick Riding, was saw to impress spectators.

“HLS Trick Riding hail from Queensland and are recognised as one of Australia’s foremost tricking riding outfits,” he said.

“Leader Hollie Shiels is one of the stars and the driving force behind the Gold Coast’s Outback Spectacular.

“She [and the troupe] will be thundering around the arena on both days defying death.”

Mr Adams said spectators would see women on their steeds preform acts such as the vaulting, the Roman ride, where they stand on two cantering horses, as well as hanging their heads just millimetres from the ground and many other tricks.

He said the title of most dangerous event went to the open bull ride.

“Recognised as the most dangerous sport in the world, cowboys will pit their wits against 800 kilograms of raging steak for eight seconds to try and take home a pocket full of cash and glory,” Mr Adams said.

“The up and coming cowboys are also catered for with a steer ride and poddy ride for the younger ones.”

If thrills and danger aren’t for you then there is more relaxed entertainment on Sunday afternoon. 

Spectators can watch sheep dogs manoeuvre stubborn sheep through a course during three trials.

Mr Adams said popular demand bought back the demolition derby.

“It may be described as something akin to trying to cross a busy intersection with no breaks, no brains or fear,” he said.

“Local groups and organisations will sponsor the cars in an effort to be the last vehicle left alive.”

Showgoers can also enter or watch the dog high jump, yank-a-ute or jump up on stage for the poet’s breakfast.

Other events to have a crack at include ice cream eating, whip cracking, a talent quest and country kids contest.

Mr Adams said other entertainment would include sheep shearing demonstrations, clowns Kozi and Pinky, singers and dances, along with a walkabout reptile show.

“Back after many years is the Miss Luddenham Show Girl competition,” he said.

“The district’s brightest and most inspirational young ladies will display their knowledge on subjects from agriculture to local politics in an effort to be named Miss Luddenham 2018.

“The girls will have the opportunity to progress to the Sydney Royal Easter Show.”

When the sun goes down, the entertainment, The Cool, will take to the stage and will get people up and dancing.

To cap of a great day, fireworks will light up the sky and kid’s faces.

The annual show raises funds for the upkeep of the historic grounds and buildings.

Mr Adams said this year’s show was special because 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

He said the grounds were used as the base for Luddenham’s Light Horse Squadron and several buildings, that are still in use, were used by some of the men who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The society were looking forward to hosting another spectacular show.

“Many of the family names that were seen at the beginning of the Luddenham Show Society are still prominent in the small but hard working committee today,” Mr Adams said.

“The country show not only pays tribute to a by-gone-era but also looks to the future and continually brings on new entertainment.

“The committee thanks the Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria and Kemps Creek Cemetery for their show sponsorship.

For more information, visit: luddenhamshow.com.au

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