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This month the Components Only and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to the Breakaway Horse Riders Club, an organisation that has significantly contributed to the Mackay District since its inception in 1986.

Affiliated with the Australian Trail Horse Riders Association (ATHRA), the club has been a beacon for trail riding and endurance enthusiasts, upholding a legacy that its founding members would be proud of.

In 2016, celebrating 30 years, the club introduced a revamped logo, encapsulating its rich history and commitment to the sport and the Queensland bush.

“Our logo is a nod to our past and a symbol of our journey forward,” says Roxy Aprile, President of Breakaway Horse Riders Club. “It represents our unwavering passion for trail riding and our love for the great outdoors.”

The vision of Breakaway Horse Riders is to make riding more enjoyable and to inspire more junior riders to get involved. Over the years, the club has organised numerous events ranging from moonlight, beach, sunset and pub rides, to day trips and extended camps in beautiful locales like State Forests and the National Trail.

“Our aim is to create unforgettable experiences for our members, whether they are seasoned riders or just starting out,” Roxy said.

Education is also a cornerstone of the club’s activities, with various clinics focusing on cattle working, horsemanship, and other essential skills. All club rides are conducted by ATHRA accredited trail bosses, stewards, coordinators and first aiders.

The club’s membership is diverse, including singles, couples and families spanning three generations. Ages range from 3 to over 80, with people coming from Mackay to as far west as Clermont.

“Our strength lies in our diversity and the shared love for horses and riding. We’re not just a club; we’re a family, united by our passion and the willingness to help each other,” said Roxy.

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Environmental stewardship is a priority for Breakaway, which collaborates with Sarina Landcare and adheres to a strict Biosecurity Policy. Aprile said caring for the environment is as important to the club as caring for their horses.

Community involvement is at the heart of Breakaway’s ethos. The club’s annual May Charity Ride, running for over 21 years, has been instrumental in raising funds for cancer and heart research. The ride also includes a visit to the Mirani Aged Care home and a family bush carnival, cementing its role as a community-centered event. This year the event will be held on May 25th.

Additionally, the club’s online custom-made saddle raffle has raised over $3000 each year for the This Strong Mum Foundation, supporting parents of children with serious illnesses.

Breakaway’s involvement in ANZAC Day ceremonies, carrying flags and dressed in Light Horse regalia, is another testament to their commitment to the community.

“We take pride in our community engagements, especially our tribute during ANZAC Day ceremonies,” said Roxy.

“At Breakaway, we believe in the power of community and the joy of riding. Our club is more than a group interested in horses; it’s a family dedicated to supporting each other and giving back to the community.”

For more information about the Breakaway Horse Riders Club and their activities, contact President Roxy Aprile at or follow them on Facebook by searching for Breakaway Horse Riders Mackay.

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