Mounted stewarding first timers, Don McLaughlin and 'Blue' keep their eyes on the harness competition, especially 'Blue'. After a few years wearing gold jackets the mounted stewards have returned to the more traditional red (pink or scarlett) jackets.
Ross Porter at the reins, with Jed Patterson grooming, drove his 'Charles' to win the class for Four Wheeled Miscellaneous Turnout for Medium/Heavy Horse.
Christine Perry with the help of groom, Summer Todd, drove the Cobigan Draught Horses' 'Cobigan Juliette' to take second place in the Medium/Heavy Horse Turnout class.
Indefatiguable Harness exhibitor, Peter Kier from the ACT drove his 'Four WInds Oz Parade' to take second place in the Open Hackney Pony 12.2-14hh class.
Michael Lenihan drove his chestnut stallion, 'Mariposa Tradesman' to claim the Reserve Champion Non Hackney Pony 12.2-14hh award.
The Four XXXX team, exhibited by B McIntyre, L Germain and Clydsdale Promotions made and impressive debut appearance at the Brisbane Exhibition.
Mike Keogh brought this impressive pair of Coopers Clydsdales all the way from Adelaide.
Peter and Shane Keir's magnificent 'Canberra Park Silhouette', driven by Shane, claimed her fifth Non Hackney Light Horse In Harness Championship
Light Harness judge, Stuart Ryan was another refugee from Victoria's blustery, cold August.
Honorary Council Steward, Noel Kopittke has been directing traffic at the EKKA for 25 years. Noel's tie caught our attention on the first day of horse judging.
Melissa Jones drove Peter and Shane Keir's 'Canberra Park Tahlia' to win the Open Non Hackney Pony NE12.2hh class and they went on to claim the Non Hackney Pony Championship.
Alan Evans drove his stallion, 'Koorootang Highlander' to win the Shetland, Miniature Pony/Horse Stallion in Harness class and claim the Champion Small Harness Pony or Horse Championship.
Matt Tuckett fron Logan Lee State High School shares the shade with 'Dickson' the Pinzgauer calf at the end of a long morning of cattle judging on the main arena. It was indeed a big morning as 28 breeds of beef cattle were judged.
A busy Melissa Jones was at the reins again, driving Peter and Shane Keir's Hackney Pony, 'Rhyl Impressive' to take second place in the Hackney Pony Turnout class.
Vince Corvi drove his and Terry Cowan's super 'Ashwoods Celeste' to win the Hackney Pony Turnout class. Later in the afternoon, Terry Cowan drove Celeste to claim the Reserve Hackney Pony Championship with Vince taking the reins of his own, Edwina and Robert Duddy and Terry Cowan's 'Ahwood Black Magic', a full brother to Celeste to claim the Championship. Both ponies are by Makari Prince William out of Rhyl Impress.
Well-known showing identity, Jan Young drove her own and husband Lex's successful 'Fernshaw Penny Lane' to win the class for Open Harness Ponies 12.2-14hh.
Happy in her work. Newly appointed EKKA Ringmaster, Jan McMillan keeping her eye on the first day action. We think Jan is the first woman to be appointed a Ringmaster at a Royal Show in Australia. Certainly a positive blow for the 'sisterhood'.
Tracy Byrne urges her Miniature Horse, 'Carala Zolton' forward to win the Open Shetland, Miniature Pony/Horse Mare or Gelding class.
Rick with his and daughter Kate's Miniature Horse, 'Arrowdells Robin Hood', winner of the Novice Shetland, Miniature Horse/Pony Mare or Gelding in Harness.
Julia Hardie drove Bill Lark's charming 14 year old gelding, 'Corinthian Silver' to take third place in the Open Shetland, Miniature Horse/Pony class.
With groom, Kate O'Brien at the ready, Stuart Garland drove his 'Tregavaram Merbort' forward to win the class for Single Horse Lorry Turnout for Medium or Heavy Horse.
Trevor (driver) and Anthony Kohler took second place in the Heavy/Medium Lorry Horse Turnout class with their 'Carbery Estate Archie'.
Well-known exhibitor and judge, Graeme Wass from Rosewood in Queensland won the Novice Non Hackney Pony class with his 'Kar-Trice Kasey'.
Ashleigh Allison-Woods drove his 'Ashwood Elite' to win the Novice Hackney Pony 12.2-14hh class.
Ted Dwyer OAM, enjoyed his time at the EKKA judging the Hackney classes. Ted is very well known as the force behind the Australian World Cup Showjumping circuit, and of course as a Harness judge.
Sue O'Brien drove her colourful, 'O'Bees Superstition' to take second place in the Turnout Class for Non Hackney Ponies.
Wayne Wilson drove his charming, 'Mini Country Dakota' to take second place in the Shetland, Miniature Horse/Pony Srallion class.