Bush spirit still alive
Old school skills revived for the horse and heritage celebration this weekend
UNIQUE bush skills, still in existence in the North Burnett region, will be on display at the Bush Spirit Festival in Eidsvold on Saturday.
In keeping with the festival theme Horse and Heritage, Col and Bill Wade from Mundubbera are bringing a team of five heavy horses to demonstrate how horses were used in day-to-day life yesteryear.
“It’s pretty rare to see heavy horses nowadays so I’m really excited about seeing Col present five of his percherons harnessed together and working at the RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre,” Bush Spirit Festival co-ordinator Tania Fraser said.
“After being introduced to the crowd, the percherons will be harnessed together and worked in pairs or as singles throughout the day pulling a mower, mouldboard plough, harrow or a hand cultivator.”
The Wade brothers work together to make, restore or repair old carts, wagons and wheels.
Bill will also make a small horse collar on the day and will demonstrate how to plait, so the crowd will have the chance to see and learn this skill.
Continuing on with the heritage theme will be Rohan Morris, the bullocky from The Gleneden Bullock Team.
He will bring with him his blacksmithing and woodworking tools and has planned to do some broad axe work and build a yoke for his bullock team.
These finely honed skills are disappearing and Mr Morris is committed to keeping the spirit alive.
There will also be a feature performance by world champion horseman, Guy McLean, who will demonstrate his fascinating “finding a better way” horsemanship.
Other key displays on the day include performances by local indigenous dancers, woodworking, horse shoeing, working dog display, chainsaw carving demonstrations and a junior whip cracking competition.
This will be followed by a whip cracking performance and some leather work displays.
The Bush Spirit Festival 2013 starts at 11am and continues through to 4pm at the RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre in Eidsvold and is part of the Queensland Government’s Queensland Week celebrations.
If you would like more information, phone 4165 7272.
OLD IS NEW: Shoeing techniques were demonstrated at last year's Bush Spirit Festival at Eidsvold.