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If you are a horse lover or are interested in horse sports the National Capital Show could be your chance to see quality show horses in competition.

The three day event is an all breeds show where horses of different breeds will compete in both led and ridden classes, where they are judged on looks, presentation, conformation, movement and performance. There will also be a Dressage competition where horses are judged purely on performance.

Events will run throughout the day, with Friday and Saturday evening's featuring special classes under lights, commencing at 7pm in the main arena.

The All Breed challenge is a particularly exciting event conducted on Friday and Saturday night because it is open to any horse regardless of sex or breed. On both nights a halter (led) challenge and a ridden challenge will be conducted. Horses will be split into two sections; a Junior Section (horses 5 years of age and under) and a Senior Section (horses 6 years of age and older).

Competitors will perform individually a predetermined workout, which is like a routine. Each workout will be scored by three judges. Once all workouts are completed competitors will gather in the main arena to be presented with awards from first to sixth.

The show pays particular attention to the Arabian horse and Australian Stock horse breeds.

Part Bred Arabian
Part Bred Arabian

Arabian horses are a breed of horse that originates from the desert regions of the Middle East. They are known for their fine, chiselled features, endurance and extravagant movement. Arabian costume classes are a particular crowd favourite as both horse and rider dress in detailed costumes, reminiscent of Arabian nights.

The Australian Stock horse is a breed known for its versatility, its speed and agility. Australian Stock horses will compete in working stock horse classes aimed at showing off these three traits.

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23-25 NOVEMBER 2012
Exhibition Park in Canberra
Flemington Road
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