|The Scone Horse Festival|
Jim Rodgers, Mike Pritchard, Barry Chapman & Brian Russell created the Scone Horse Festival, by adding a horse parade and forming a volunteer committee to nurture and grow the festival.
Each year, the passion of horses and creating an experience for the masses, grew stronger, through the stability of the equine industry and our strong, energetic and caring community.
Thirty seven years on, we are able to offer something for anyone and everyone with or without a love of horses. A festival filled with fun, unique and ‘once in a year time’ country experiences which we want to share with you.
A parade of family fun at the front end of the festival with around 80 colorful entrants, flows into the Scone Grammar School fete and markets. The original race meet is now followed the next day by a family orientated race day, and combined, form the highest paying standalone country racing carnival in Australia offering $2million in prize money.
Around 60 experiences over 10 days culminating with a spectacular fireworks display at the picturesque Lake Glenbawn.
Loads of exhibitions and mostly free events!
Scone, Horse Capital of Australia is located on the New England Highway and can be accessed by car, train, bus and private plane.
- By car - A 3.5 hour drive from Sydney, 2 hours from Newcastle and 1.5 hours from Tamworth.
- By train (more information) - Scone is on the Hunter Line and both SydneyTrains and Trainlink operate services to Scone Railway Station. When travelling to Sydney with SydneyTrains, you will usually have to change trains at Hamilton.
- By plane - Scone airport is accessible by private charter only. Airspeed Aviation and Pay’s Air Service both operate out of Scone.
There is a wide selection of accommodation options available in Scone and the surrounding towns. Book early to avoid disappointment. Click here to view accommodation listings.