DUANA Bowden moved to Coffs Harbour from Sydney three years ago and has embarked on a mission to raise the profile of Arabian horses in the area.
Ms Bowden, who will be judging the Arabian sections of this weekend's Coffs Harbour Show, said this year's show offered significantly increased prizemoney to help defray the cost of exhibiting, as well as a number of new awards.
This year the show offers three purebred champion and reserve champion Arabian awards as well as well as supreme awards and a handsome bronze trophy for the supreme champion Arabian exhibit.
Duana Bowden hopes this is just the first step in moving Coffs Harbour's Arabian competition from a C class to a B class show and eventually creating a show of Arabian beauty and prowess which will draw breeders, owners, riders and judges from across the country to Coffs Harbour.
Ms Bowden, who owns Shalzara Park Arabians, at Coramba, with her family, says she has been surprised by the number of Arabian enthusiasts and breeders in the area. She has been a serious A grade Arabian exhibitor and competitor for more than 15 years and has worked with Arabians 'most of my life'.