STALLION PARADES
Tas ARABs held its first parade of exclusively Arabian stallions in 1979

1981 saw the Arabian Stallion Parade diversify and become a parade for stallions of all 
breeds available at stud in Tasmania.  The All Breeds Stallion Parade was put into action by 
the club inorder to raise money for promoting the Arabian horse in Tasmania, to hold 
“A” class Arabian shows and to subsidise the seminars which were run each year.

The stallion parade was the club’s main revenue raiser for many years and thanks to the hard
work and commitment of the club’s committees, it was an extremely successful and popular event. 
Not only did those wishing to view available stallions to breed their mares to attend, but it was 
also a real spectacle that the whole family could enjoy.

Over the years several different types of non-equine entertainment were sought to amuse 
the spectators including Belly Dancers, Whip Cracking, Line Dancing, Singers Performing 
and the regular lolly scramble for the kids in the audience.

The highlights for the crowd ranged from watching a massive Clydesdale stallion cantering
around the small arena to seeing a newborn miniature foal being carried cradled in a bunny
rug and stopping every few steps around the arena railing for the audience to grab a closer
peek much to everyone’s delight.

It was a huge task to organise this event with work commencing months prior.  Hours of contacting and liaising with the many stallion owners across the state, encouraging them to bring their precious stallions along to attend the parade and provide sufficient information for a commentary.

Then, two days before the parade there would be the job of carting mountainous stacks of chairs from the Silverdome to the Elphin Show Grounds on the back of a ute, hoping and praying that the load stayed in place until it reached the final destination, luckily it did.

Prior to the introduction of occupational health and safety rulings, the committee would be called upon to build the relocatable grandstands for seating, piece by piece and then also disassemble them after the parade.  Once OH & S requirements were enforced, a team of certified contractors had to be paid to undertake this huge job.  Mind you, the committee did every bit as good a job even if sometimes there were a few bits and pieces left over, so what?  They never collapsed!

Then there was the task of towing in the portable grandstands; only once was there a mishap when the entrance to the pavilion was misjudged and a welder had to be called in to rectify the bingle.

One year the then current president had the brilliant idea of cooking chips, which was a very popular addition to the menu for spectators and raised heaps of money but the chefs were not disappointed when the club discontinued with the food van a few years later, but why?  They were excellent cooks and the chips were the greatest revenue raiser ever!!

Entertainment provided on the evening sometimes included the well known Arabian stallion
Star of Arabia  Sir Ghazal appearing in pitch black darkness with Ghazal and his rider silhouetted
by flashing coloured lights.  Ghazal would play ball, skip, push a pram and give a spectator a
ride on the sea saw. Ghazal was one very talented stallion and became a real icon at many
parades performing for the public.

The parades always commenced with a stunning display of Arabian horses arrayed in marvellous Arabian show costumes and included such well known stallions as Banriffic, Naaman Gala Fashion and Tafaan to name just a few.

While all were extremely enthusiastic prior to the parade, it was a lot of hard work for everyone involved and we were always relieved when it was over. However the end profit result usually lifted every one’s spirits and they knew that their efforts were definitely worthwhile.