Can country shows afford to lose horse events? | POLL

Can country shows afford to lose horse events? | POLL

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Two Barossa Valley shows are facing a future without horse events on the schedule.

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HORSES might not be seen at the Angaston or Tanunda shows from 2021, with the local council looking to ban "high-impact events" from multi-purpose ovals it owns.

The Barossa Council says it won't implement a ban next year to give organisers time to discuss alternate options - including alternative venues - with the council.

But Angaston Show secretary Chris Linke says horses are the heart of their show, and last year brought in nearly $13,000 of income and provided all-day entertainment.

"Already a few years ago they stopped shearing (competition) on the oval so we had to move it," she said.

"We have brought it back at a huge cost, but we can't do that with the horses, we can't just put them somewhere else."

SA Country Shows president Francis Andrews says the proposal has raised fears for the future of other shows, with many of them also held on council-owned land.

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