GRAPES AND GALLOPS
THE MOUNT BARKER GRAPES AND GALLOPS
What is it? In 2006 the Mount Barker Turf Club approached the Mount Barker Wine Producers Association to see if we would join them and combine our annual wine festival with their richest race day that included the Mungrup Stud Sprint. Well under the guidance of the legendary Jim Gilbert the way was smoothed to create the inaugral Mount Barker Grapes and Gallops held in January 2007. It was an instant success. Attendance was double the normal Mungrup Sprint race day. Yes there was some teething issues getting the wine tasting side suitably organised. But on limited funds a respectable new festival event was created.
Successive Grapes and Gallops have improved with both more experienced organisation and State Govt funding. In 2016 attendance was over 2000 with the $100,000 Mungrup Sprint being the richest race in the Great Southern.