Trib­ute to Mark

Stock­man’s chal­lenge dream be­comes a re­al­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT - ❏ Erica Mur­ree

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.

Photo: Erica Mur­ree

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.

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