A Little Gem – Torbanlea Picnic Races

As we gear up for one of the biggest races on the Australian horse racing calender, the Melbourne Cup, another little gem on the regional event calender is about to be held.

Approximately 240 km north of Brisbane, you will find a small town called Torbanlea which comes alive for their annual picnic races. If you have never been to a country race meeting, then you are in for a treat!   Torbanlea has it all, including horse-racing, fashions on the field, tug-o-war, wood chopping and shetland pony trotting races.  As the day goes on, the fillies get friskier!

Here are some of my images from 2011. Of note, the great Shane Webcke judged the fashions on the field.


“Fashions On The Field”     © Sue Thomson 2011


“The Distraction”     © Sue Thomson 2011


“Wood Saw Shane”     © Sue Thomson 2011


“The Little Jockey”     © Sue Thomson 2011


“Around The Bend”     © Sue Thomson 2011


“The Trainer”     © Sue Thomson 2011

This year the Torbanlea Picnic races will be held on 26 October 2013.

Torbanlea Picnic Races…..best race day by a country mile!

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