Leigh Creek Energy gets on board legendary gymkhana
The Blinman Gymkhana, located at the tiny town’s airstrip six-hours’ drive from Adelaide is a South Australian institution.
The event and hosting town of around 35 inhabitants are both etched in history with locals enticing entrants and onlookers to their spot in the far northern Flinders Ranges from all over the state since their first meeting back in 1868.
The core of the Blinman Gymkhana remains the same, though the original two-day race meet is crammed into one fun-filled day and evening.
This year saw the enthusiasts with a competitive streak continue to thrive on the competition in the unregistered thoroughbred horse races The Blinman Cup and The Blinman Bracelet, as well as gymkhana horse events including barrel races and tilting the ring.
There were also plenty of novelty events for everyone else, which ultimately proved as popular as the traditional events.
A healthy crowd cheered on the entrants as they competed in everything from the wool bale rolling competition, nail driving and egg throwing.
The Blinman Gymkhana is a highly anticipated annual social event held to raise money for the local community and the RFDS Base in Port Augusta.
The 2017 Gymkhana raised over $7000 thanks in large part to the generosity of sponsors.
Sponsors continued to support the long-running event again in 2018, including Leigh Creek Energy.
Leigh Creek Energy’s Stephen Batten said the company understands that despite the smaller Far North communities’ sparse distance, they’re still tightly connected relying on each other for such events to survive.
“The Blinman Gymkhana is the event of the year in this area, everyone in the region looks forward to getting here,” Mr Batten said.
“Leigh Creek Energy wants to be part of the community in the upper Flinders Ranges, and is eager to throw its support behind these important events.”