Horse Power

Warwick is synonymous with ‘horsepower’ – of all kinds. Whatever the month or the season, visitors can thrill to the action to be found throughout the Warwick region. Four-legged ‘horsepower’ came to Warwick just under 150 years ago when the town introduced its first rodeo. The Canning Downs Campdraft has made the Warwick Rodeo the most famous in the nation.

Four-wheeled ‘horsepower’ began with Leyburn hosting the first Australian Grand Prix held in Queensland in 1949.  Today, Leyburn’s Historic Motor Sprint draws a crowd of over 15,000 people every August.

The thrill of modern day ‘horsepower’ can be experienced at Morgan Park (located just 5 min from Warwick’s CBD), in all its variety and exhilaration. The Warwick and District Dirt Bike Club have built a motocross track with large pit areas whilst the Warwick District Drag Racing Association has developed a 200-metre drag strip with a 550-metre secondary breaking area. The Warwick and District Sporting Car Club has extended their sealed track to a 2.2 km circuit.

Morgan Park is also the State Equestrian Centre for Polocrosse and Eventing and hosts competitions on international, national and state levels. It is home to the Horse Trials Club, Polocrosse Club and the Carriage Driving Club. Other ‘horsepower’ events are also held within the Shire, including Horse Racing and Karting most months.

Whatever weekend you visit the Warwick Shire, join us at Morgan Park to experience your favourite form of ‘horsepower’.

Cristy Houghton