Frequently Asked Questions

Entry & Tickets

Is there an early bird discount?

Yes, there was an early bird discount, but it closed on 29 February.

When do entries close for the events?

  • Trail ride tickets are available up until the day of the ride.
  • All other horse event tickets will close on 26 March unless they sell out before.

How much are the tickets?

  • The price of all the tickets and booking can be found here.
  • Entry on Saturday for one adult is $35 and for a family of two adults and two children is $95.

How much does it cost to camp at the Kilkivan Showgrounds?

Unpowered sites are $10 per night and a limited number of powered sites are $25/night.

Is event entry included in a trail ride ticket?

Yes, purchasing a trail ride ticket includes your gate entry, but you will need to pay for camping and any other horse events that you want to enter.

How much does it cost to just go and browse the market stalls?

Entry to the event is FREE on Friday and Sunday. A $35 entry fee applies on Saturday.

I’m a Kilkivan local, do I get free entry?

Entry to the event is FREE on Friday and Sunday. A $35 entry fee applies on Saturday. Your Saturday entry includes accesss to all the events, such as the working dog demonstration, bush poetry reading, youth talent search, and camp oven cook-off. Plus you get to browse the market stalls, and enjoy the headline band Tennessee Lights.

What time do the trail rides depart?

The Friday ride departs at 2.00pm. The Saturday rides: Long Ride 8.00am; Adventure Ride 8.30am; Bendele 1.00pm; carriages 1.00pm. There is a mandatory unmounted pre-ride briefing 30-minutes before departure.


Do we pay for children camping?

Children under 5yo are free. Camping is $10/person/night.

Can I camp in my gooseneck or horse float?

Yes. Camping at the showgrounds is horse friendly. Unpowered camping fees are $10/person/night. You must bring your own horse yards or electric fence.

Are there horse yards for my horses?

No. You must bring your own portable yards or electric fencing system.

Can we use a generator at our campsite?

Yes. The use of generators is allowed, however please do not run your generator all night as a courtesy to other campers.

Can we have a campfire?

Campfires are allowed, but not encouraged. If you have a fire it must be raised off the ground and in a brazier, portable fire pit, or an OzPig-type stove. Fires must not be left unattended. The SES and Rural Fire Service will be on site and may ask people to extinguish a fire if it is not compliant.

Trail Rides

Do the rides require horses to be shod or wear boots?

While we leave the wearing of shoes or boots to horse owners, it is recommended that horses wear shoes or boots on all the trails unless they are ridden extensively barefoot. The trail rides cover all types of terrain including bitumen roads, gravel roads, bush trails and creek crossings.

Are the trail rides restricted to walking only?

We like slow and steady rides, mainly because it’s safer. Rides that are definitely ‘walk only’ are stated on the information. The longer rides may have an opportunity to ride a bit faster, but that will depend on the people on the ride, the trail marshalls, and the terrain.

Will the long ride leave from the showgrounds?

Yes, the long ride will leave from the showgrounds. Trail ride information can be found here and will be updated regularly as the planning for the trails progress.

I can’t chooose between the 26km ride and the 30km ride – what’s the difference?

The 26km Adventure Trail ride has a tough steep climb only suitable for fit horses and confident riders. Shoes or boots are definitely recommended. The Long Ride is less hilly and could be considered technically ‘easier’ but longer. Both rides traverse public and private property and are scenic. Both rides meet up in Kilkivan at the end of the day to join in the main street parade.

Will any of the rides start or go through the Kilkivan Bush Camp?

No. All rides will start from the Kilkivan Showgrounds.

Are there any age restrictions for riders?

Any rider under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Do we have to transport our horses to the start of the trail ride?

No. All rides begin at the showgrounds. There is no ‘shuffling’ of horses this year.


Misc Questions

Who is the trainer of the working dogs at the demo?

The trainer is Mick Seeney.