Tribute to Mark
Stockman’s challenge dream becomes a reality
WHEN 21-year-old Mark Elliott died in an accident at the Gin Gin campdraft last September, he and Belinda Staid were organising a stockman’s challenge for the 2013 Biggenden Show.
Through some sad and tough times, Ms Staib carried out his dream and on Saturday, 34 riders (some whom had driven hundreds of kilometres) were there to pay tribute to a mate.
Maryborough’s Karl Dunning won the inaugural Mark Elliott Memorial Stockman’s Challenge.
Ms Staib was overwhelmed at the generosity of sponsors and individuals.
“My thanks to these people and all the helpers, who made it possible to run this inaugural event,” Ms Staib said.
“It has been quite an emotional day, but at the same time, people were proud to compete and honour Mark.
“Mark’s horses also competed on the day.
“Lastly, to my friend Mark Elliott, the instigator of the event, I was so honoured and proud to run such an event in your memory.”
As the overall winner, Dunning won a variety of prizes, including a beautiful perpetual trophy made by Jaye Hall.
“Even thought I didn’t know Mark, I amvery thrilled to win this event,” he said.
Runner-up Biggenden’s Carl Aberdein said Mark was a good mate.
“Itwas great to win and carry on his name,” he said.
Watching from the sidelines were parents Bruce and Vicki and family members, who had travelled from New SouthWales.
“Mark would have been pleased with the end result,” Mrs Elliott said.
SITTING TALL: Competitors in the Mark Elliott Memorial Stockman’s Challenge wait their turn.
Vicki and Bruce Elliott with Belinda Staib and winner of the Mark Elliott Memorial Stockman’s Challenge, Karl Dunning, of Maryborough.