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Galloping in for horse expo

THE inaugural Gippsland Horse Expo was held at the Mirboo North Shire Hall recently.THE inaugural Gippsland Horse Expo was held at the Mirboo North Shire Hall recently.Horse lovers from as far away as Bairnsdale, Melbourne and even Tasmania flocked to the hall to check out the many stalls inside. Local businesses, as well as many from further afield, offered a range of equine products and services, including equipment, clothing, training, health, alternative therapies, promotional products, customised gifts and even bespoke artwork.  Representatives from Tarwin Veterinary Group fielded questions and educated horse owners on equine first aid, preventative health care and changes in treatment.  Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria also attended. The not-for-profit organisation was established in 1973 and is run entirely by volunteers, relying on the support of members care for horses in need across Victoria. They contribute to the health and welfare of horses by helping horse owners care for their animals, rehabilitating surrendered horses that are abandoned, sick, injured or mistreated, and educating owners and the community alike on horse welfare. They also lease rehabilitated horses at no charge to caring homes.Berrys Creek artisan Olivia O’Connor attracted a lot of attention for her hand-crafted heirloom rocking horses.  Using Australian materials and traditional techniques, Olivia works tirelessly on her bespoke creations as well as restorations. She also runs classes at the Leongatha Men’s Shed on hand carving your own rocking horse.All businesses in attendance were delighted with the turnout, not only engaging with existing and new clients, but also networking with each other throughout the day.Optimistically hoping for an attendance of 1000 on the day, organiser Grace Belton was delighted to see far more than that flooding through the doors. Taking five months to organise, the event was self-funded and the first of its kind, not only for Mirboo North, but for the whole of Gippsland.  Overjoyed with the success of the expo, Grace already has big plans for next year, with ideas for a larger venue, educational talks, demonstrations and even a whole weekend event.The catering was supplied by the Boolarra Pony Club. In the future, Grace hopes the success of the expo will enable money to be put back into the community as a whole.

Significant interest: a large crowd attended the inaugural Gippsland Horse Expo at Mirboo North recently.

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