Bush spirit still alive

Old school skills re­vived for the horse and her­itage cel­e­bra­tion this week­end

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT & BEYOND - Sue Har­ris sue.har­ris@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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