Imbil hosts Mary River protest ride
Horse riders will make Imbil Showgrounds their base camp this year on September 20 for the Kandanga 1000 annual ride to celebrate the embattled Mary River.
Despite the venue change, the ride will retain its Kandanga 1000 title, which represents a fantastic equestrian event as well as embodying many oft-spoken sentiments about the river and the State Government proposal to dam it.
Organiser Lyndall Ensbey is excited about the new base, which offers a new trail through the picturesque valley.
She said the new location at the Imbil Showgrounds offered plenty of room for camping with hot showers and other facilities.
"The ride of 15-29 kilometres will add a change of scenery for participants, capitalising on the extensive beauty of the Mary Valley," Mrs Ensbey said.
The ride is a major event in the calendar organised by the Save the Mary River Coordinating Committee as it keeps a high profile of the dam proposal while valley residents await a decision from the Federal Government.
Mrs Ensbey said an auction spectacular will be held on the Saturday night before the ride, featuring a range of high quality donated goods including livestock products, braziers and exquisite jewellery.
Live country music, a roast dinner and licensed bar will add to the country entertainment on offer.
The Kandanga 1000 ride sets off at 9am sharp on Sunday, September 20.
It costs $5 for school age children and $15 for adults, with camping fees at $5 per head.
Inquiries to Robyn (07) 5484 3290, Brett (07) 5484 3532 or Neville (07) 5484 3697
Graphics to the right:
RIDERS AT THE READY: Splashing through the Mary River as they prepare their mounts for the annual Kandanga 1000 on September 20 are (from left) Ashleigh, Danielle and Alexis Ensbey.
TEAMWORK: Alexis, Danielle and Ashleigh Ensbey ready their mounts for the Kandanga 1000 on September 20.
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