Allora attracts trail riders, music lovers
THE first annual Allora Muster and Music Stampede went off without a hitch on Saturday despite the region's extreme heat and a clash with other events.
Organiser David Taylor was delighted with the turnout for the morning trail ride.
Beginning with a 20km ride from the Allora Showgrounds, to the back of Hendon, the group returned to the Allora Showgrounds in time for the afternoon entertainment.
More than 25 riders and horses took part in the ride with more arriving at the showgrounds for the music-filled evening.
"It will only grow from here. Everyone said they really enjoyed themselves," Mr Taylor said.
Riders from Brisbane, Fernvale and Highfields participated in the 20km trail ride along with the Warwick and Allora contingent.
Mr Taylor expects to repeat the event later in the year - possibly September - when the region's events have quietened down a little.
"It's just about finding the right time," he said, having had to compete against the Clifton Show for patrons.
Mr Taylor started a trail riding group when he moved to the district from Sydney a few years ago and decided to organise the event.
"We need events like this where riders and horses from everywhere can get involved," he said.
"It's just good fun."
The Muster and Music Stampede showcased a variety of local country talent including Maggie Stokes.
"We had over five bands entertaining until all hours," Mr Taylor said.
Mr Taylor is asking any locals who want to get involved in the event later in the year to call him on 0437 720 862.