It's been a hard year around the globe with the coronavirus pandemic and sports haven't gotten off lightly either.
Many have been cancelled and others postponed throughout the year but we are starting to see things return to normal.
Horse sport are no exception and riders had the chance to get out and into the show ring with Armidale Riding Club's Hack and Breed Show on Sunday.
Competitors and their mounts travelled from all over the region - from Tamworth to Moree - to take part in the multitude of events on offer.
The day's organiser, Annie Vanderheul was rapt with the turnout and how smoothly the event ran.
"The day was a success. It was good to see so many riders and horses there," she said.
"There hasn't been much in the way of shows because of COVID so we had people travel from hours away to compete.
"There was also a heap of different classes for all different horses so we saw everything from the Shetland ponies to Clydesdales being ridden."
COVID has also taken its toll on local businesses but there were still plenty who were happy to pitch in for the club's event.
"Also, thanks to all the local businesses and people in the community who supported the day, especially in these hard times," Vanderheul said.
"Small clubs like ours can't operate without help of local businesses."
Supreme garlands were handed out on the day to the horses and riders judged the best overall.
They went to:
- Supreme led exhibit- Karen Nicoll and Internal Affairs
- Off-the-track series winner- Sam Croft and Arrow
- Supreme ridden breed- Sophie Clift and McArthur Park Etched in Silver
- Supreme rider- Jamie Ellis
With the show riding event done and dusted, the club will return to its dressage events.
November 7 and 8 will see two massive days of dressage with a mix of official and unofficial events, held at the Kennedy Street Equestrian Centre.