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It's time to begin the seriously fun business of planning your day!

It's time to begin the seriously fun business of planning your day! Choose your own adventure or check out our suggested itineraries to get you started.

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Baby Puppy Competition

Where: ADVANCE™ Dog Pavilion and Dog Judging Lawn
When: 12 - 23 April, afternoons
Totally irresistible! Aged between 3 - 6 months old these little guys romp and roam their way around the ring, capturing hearts everywhere they pass.

Totally irresistible! Aged between 3 - 6 months old these little guys romp and roam their way around the ring, capturing hearts everywhere they pass. Every afternoon, you will be treated to an absolutely adorable display as Best Baby Puppy of the day is awarded their trophy.

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Rabbits

Where: Pet Pavilion, Riverina Avenue
When: 17 April
Bounce on down to the Pet Pavilion for the Sydney Royal Rabbit Competition, hosted by the Rabbit Fanciers Society of NSW.

Bounce on down to the Pet Pavilion for the Sydney Royal Rabbit Competition, hosted by the Rabbit Fanciers Society of NSW. Every year, around 250 entries compete by breed; Fur, Rex, Lop and Fancy. You can meet them and talk to their breeders on their one big day of judging.

The Rabbit Hopping Society of NSW will be running the Rabbit Hopping competition this year, and it is exactly what you hope it will be - rabbits racing each other, in a timed race, over hurdles. You’ll be hopping mad if you miss this!

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Goat Competition

Where: Paddington Pavilion
When: Daily 9am - 7pm
First held in 1869, the Sydney Royal Goat Show is the largest and most prestigious in Australia. Attracting over 1000 entries, the competition comprises Boer, Dairy, Angora and Mohair Fleece classes.

First held in 1869, the Sydney Royal Goat Show is the largest and most prestigious in Australia. Attracting over 1000 entries, the competition comprises Boer, Dairy, Angora and Mohair Fleece classes.

The goats compete in their individual breed classes for the highest accolade, Best in Show.

Judges of these competitions may be looking for trueness to type and breed, strong breeding lines or strong yield ability – whether for milk, meat or mohair.

A recent addition to the Goat Show is the Schools Wether Goat Competition, where students compete to raise the strongest yielding Angora Goat, and present to the public on their process of raising the animals.

Judging will take place:

  • Dairy Goats:       12-14 April

  • Angora Goats:   15-18 April

  • Boer Goats :       19-23 April

 

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Hacks, Harness, Riding and Leading Rein

Where: The Stadium
When: 12 - 23 April

When judging Hack Classes, the judges consider the horse on conformation, presentation, movement and manners.

When judging Harness Classes, the judges consider the horse, the vehicle and on some occasions, the ability of the driver.

When judging Rider Classes, the judges consider the rider or on position presentation and effectiveness of aids.

There will be something to see every day of the Show, with these classes filling The Stadium. Highlights will include the Evening Harness Parade, Working Stock Horses showcasing the fast stops, turns and skills needed to work with livestock on farms, whilst the most prestigious classes on Show will be RM Williams Trophy for the most Versatile Australian Stock Horse Exhibit, the Col AV Pope Best Gelding Hack over 15hh and the FL Crane Best mare or Filly Hack over 15hh & n.e. 16hh.

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Arts and Crafts Competition

Where: Arts & Crafts Pavilion
When: Daily 9am - 8.30pm
The Sydney Royal Arts & Crafts Show has been a regular attraction at the Sydney Royal Easter Show since 1869.

The Sydney Royal Arts & Crafts Show has been a regular attraction at the Sydney Royal Easter Show since 1869. With 350 classes to enter, it is the biggest arts and crafts competition in Australia and attracts over 5000 entries with exhibits including art, photography, sculpture, cake decorating, woodwork, quilting, soft toys and more.

Cake enthusiasts will be thrilled with the brand-new Gravity Defying Cake Class. Upcycling makes a debut in 2019 with three new classes based around reduce, reuse and recycle. The 2019 feature display will be provided by Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association, showcasing the finest in textiles from wearable art to tea cosies and everything in between.

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Aviary Birds

Where: Pet Pavilion, Riverina Avenue
When: 15 - 16 April
With 400 birds of all varieties exhibited, the Sydney Royal Aviary Bird Show offers classes for African Lovebirds, Parrots, Canaries, Finches and Budgerigars.

With 400 birds of all varieties exhibited, the Sydney Royal Aviary Bird Show offers classes for African Lovebirds, Parrots, Canaries, Finches and Budgerigars. The feature breed for 2019 is African Lovebirds - is it a coincidence that this bird that doesn't speak is also one that mates for life!

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Team Penning

Where: Schmidt Arena
When: 15 April 9am
If there's a cattle herd of 30 and you want to separate 3 steer in 90 seconds you best have three riders on horseback ready to pen them and show off their skill.

If there's a cattle herd of 30 and you want to separate 3 steer in 90 seconds you best have three riders on horseback ready to pen them and show off their skill. If you want to turn it into a competition, you would call it Team Penning and put it on at the Show.  And if you want to watch this incredibly fast-paced event, one that is taking off all over the country, make your way to Schmidt Arena and be ready to see the awesome skill of some of our finest riders.

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Vaulting

Where: Schmidt Arena
When: 18 April 2pm - 4.20pm & 19 April 9am - 11.30am
A beautiful combination of gymnastics or dance moves and horsemanship, Vaulting truly is gymnastics on horseback. Individual competitors perform compulsory moves and freestyle events, judged on ability and artistic interpretation receiving marks out of ten.

A beautiful combination of gymnastics or dance moves and horsemanship, Vaulting truly is gymnastics on horseback. Individual competitors perform compulsory moves and freestyle events, judged on ability and artistic interpretation receiving marks out of ten. Team competition involves 2 or 3 riders at a time incorporating lifts and group movements, whilst the pas de deux has two riders performing freestyle moves that highlight the perfect cooperation between horses and riders. Costumes, music and the artistic wonder of the events make Vaulting a must-see horse competition at the Show.

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Pig Competition

Where: Paddington Pavilion
When: 12 - 17 April
The Sydney Royal Pig Show is Australia’s best display of pure breed stud pigs, which compete in separate classes. The Judge looks for trueness to type and breed in each judging class.

The Sydney Royal Pig Show is Australia's best display of pure breed stud pigs, which compete in separate classes. The Judge looks for trueness to type and breed in each judging class.  Additionally, in Boars, they look for suitability for breeding stock, and in Sows they judge on ability to carry strong litters. Ultimately, all pigs compete for Best Pig in Show.

The 2019 feature breed is Berkshire, a short-legged pig with an average weight (at maturity) of 270kg and an upturned nose.

A recent addition to the Pig Show is the Schools Commercial Pig Competition, where students compete to raise a pen of three pigs with the best uniformity of weight, body condition, maturity, and market suitability. Students also present to the public on their process of raising the animals.

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Fleece

Where: Sheep & Wool Pavilion
When: 13 - 15 April
Looking for the most desirable characteristics of wool? Come and discover what our Judges determine as the best.

Looking for the most desirable characteristics of wool? Come and discover what our Judges determine as the best. Weight, uniformity of length and colour are just some of the aspects they look at.

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Breed Conformation

Where: ADVANCE™ Dog Judging Lawn
When: 9am - 5pm, 12 April - 21 April
Breed standard determines the characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed, therefore the Conformation Competition measures each dog against the standard for their breed.

Breed standard determines the characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed, therefore the Conformation Competition measures each dog against the standard for their breed.

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Cavy Competition

Where: Pet Pavilion, Riverina Avenue
When: 18 April
After tremendous success last year, the Sydney Royal Cavy Show back again. Hosted by the NSW Cavy Club, this is the perfect opportunity for guinea pig lovers to discover more about the different breeds, learn how to care for their very own guinea pig at home and come see the best of the best in competition.

After tremendous success last year, the Sydney Royal Cavy Show back again. Hosted by the NSW Cavy Club, this is the perfect opportunity for guinea pig lovers to discover more about the different breeds, learn how to care for their very own guinea pig at home and come see the best of the best in competition.

First domesticated by the Incas over 3,000 years ago, they are definitely not pigs and certainly not from Guinea, but they are incredibly popular as pets and absolutely love company.

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