Event hon­ours Mark

Central and North Burnett Times - - THE BIGGENDEN SHOW -

A HIGH­LIGHT of the Satur­day af­ter­noon pro­gram of the Biggenden Show will be the Stock­man’s Chal­lenge in mem­ory of Mark El­liott.

Mark was vice pres­i­dent of the show so­ci­ety and be­fore his death last year he in­sti­gated the idea of the stock­man’s chal­lenge. He had been work­ing with Belinda Staib to or­gan­ise this event for the this year’s show.

Mark un­ex­pect­edly died in Septem­ber but ev­ery­one is com­mit­ted to hon­our­ing his com­mu­nity spirit and love of horses.

Ms Staib said she had kept the pro­gram as close to his ideas as she could.

“We have had a won­der­ful re­sponse with do­na­tions,” she said. “It has been un­be­liev­able.”

The Stock­man’s Chal­lenge re­quires com­peti­tors to com­plete a two phase chal­lenge in­volv- ing a rid­den pat­tern and stock­man’s trial. The over­all high­est ag­gre­gate score will take home the beau­ti­ful sculp­ture by Jaye Hall of Western Queens­land.

Nom­i­na­tions are still open and there are classes over a va­ri­ety of age groups.

Photo: Erica Mur­ree

PRIZE: The prize for the over­all win­ner of the Stock­man’s Chal­lenge at the Biggenden Show.

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