Our Club runs shows from February through until November each year.
Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month (except for January) and are held at the Railway Hotel, North Bundaberg from 6.45pm. While there why not take advantage of the delicious meals.
Our club was founded to help promote the Appaloosa breed in our region. We hope you enjoy our site. If you require any information regarding our club's activities please contact our secretary, Lee Haste, whose details are listed below.
The aim of the club was to foster an interest in the Appaloosa breed of horse by making the public aware of the beauty and ability of this oldest identified breed of horse. They did this by promoting the training of both horse and rider in the art of presenting and showing their horses at halter and in western performance events.
The club's first official "A" class western performance show was held on 2 June 1979 in conjunction with the Bundaberg Agricultural Show.
In 1982 the Club chose to encourage other breeds to compete in their western performance competition by awarding a trophy to the highest point earning non-appaloosa performance horse for the season.
On 12 and 13 June 1982 the BWBRAC were host to the very 1st Queensland State Appaloosa Championships. This major event brought 100 horses to compete, some coming from as far away as Cloncurry. It boasted prize money of $6000 and consisted of 15 halter classes, 28 performance classes and 19 youth classes.
The club has also a proud history of youth being selected to represent Australia at Championship shows in America. There have also been several of our youth members chosen to represent the Australian Appaloosa Association as Appaloosa Princesses.
The Beginning of the "Appy" Club
On Sunday 4 June 1978 a group of enthusiastic people met to discuss the formation of an Appaloosa Club in Bundaberg. As a result of this meeting the Burnett Wide Bay Regional Appaloosa Club was born. The region covered by the club extended from Gympie to Gladstone and inland to the Central Burnett
Our Founding Club Officers
Founding executive were:
President: Mr Ron McCullough
Vice President: Mr John Marles
Secretary/Treasurer: Mrs Val Johnson
Social Committee Chairman: Mr Max Wright
Public Relations Officer: Mrs Fay Marles
The first years membership totalled 27 adults and 15 youth
President: Ryan Pinney
Vice: Alyssa Ellis
Secretary/Treasurer: Lee Haste
Sponsorship Officer: Shaun Pinney
The club is now in its 41st year.