Twenty five years in the industry and weeks of preparation has paid off for local horseman Barry Moore.
Barry entered two stock horses he bred in the working horse classes at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
He took out champion in the David Archibald Memorial Champion Working Horse class with nine-year-old stallion Starwaltz Cool Justice and placed third in the RM Williams trophy for most versatile Australian stock horse. He also won reserve champion with Cool Justice’s daughter, six-year-old Starwaltz Miss Liberty.
“You are judged on how well you ride to a pattern you have set. You show off the attributes of a good working horse, including galloping circles and executing haunch turns at speed,” Barry said.
“Everything was finished in the main arena on Saturday so we had it to ourselves. It was pretty unbelievable and there was a fair bit of talk that they think no one has taken out champion and reserve champion before.”
Barry’s horses are no strangers to accolades after the stallion took out champion at the Australian Stock Horse Nationals in Tamworth last month and the mare – Supreme Working Stock Horse at the 2016 nationals.
“I’m confident in my horses, they have won some major awards in the past, but going to a new environment there are a lot of unknowns. You hope to do well but you don't expect it,” he said.
Barry’s 16-year-old daughter Jessica rode in the junior class and placed fourth on Miss Liberty. The Moore family are now preparing for the Gunnedah Show.