Yunta's horse races return

BACK TO BUSH: Adelaide residents Ellie Hilder, Ben Crozier, and Alex Thomas got back to their country roots and kicked up some dust at a recent Yunta picnic races.
BACK TO BUSH: Adelaide residents Ellie Hilder, Ben Crozier, and Alex Thomas got back to their country roots and kicked up some dust at a recent Yunta picnic races.

The Yunta Picnic Races and Gymkhana will be held on Saturday the 29th of April.

The races are a popular community event that boasts an annual turnout of around 500 people, and this year is expected to be no different.

There will be a handful of horse races and a selection of timed riding events, as well as a host of novelty events like a children's footrace and guessing the weight of a wool bale. 

$12,000 worth of prize money, trophies and ribbons are on offer, over $4000 of which is for the Yunta Cup, a 1400m race and the main event of the day.

The money raised during the day will go towards community development and charities like the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

“Everything we earn gets put back into the area we use, the racetrack,” said Yunta Racing Club vice president Nick Rasheed.

Food and bar services will be offered all day, and there will be a campfire and live music starting in the evening.

The event starts at 10am at the Yunta Racecourse, which has complete camping facilities including showers.

There will be an admission fee of $10 for adults/teenagers and $5 for pensioners, while children under 12 can enter for free.