Horse and Heritage – All to see at Eidsvold’s Bush Spirit Festival!
The Festival theme‘ Horse and Heritage’ is providing a tremendous platform for a great day’s entertainment at the Bush Spirit Festival on Saturday 1st June. The Festival aims to raise community spirit and promote the unique bush skills that are still in existence in our region.
Bush skills like those held by Col and BillWade from Mundubbera, who 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’mreally excited about seeing Col present five of his Percheron’s harnessed together andworking at theRMWilliams Australian Bush Learning Centre,” saidTania Fraser, Bush Spirit Festival Coordinator. “These delightful men are bringing with them Hobo, Paddy, Blazer, Betsy and Misty. After being introduced to the crowd, the Percherons will be harnessed together and worked in pairs or as singles throughout the day pulling either a Mower, Mouldboard plough, Harrow or a Hand Cultivator. On loan for the day will also be a German wagon, fully restored for one of the Mundubbera families. Col told me they just fell in love with the horses when they bought two crossbred Percherons in the early 1980’s. That number has since grown to 14 and they just adore the Percheron’s nature and the shape and hardness of their feet. They also enjoy taking the time to show people the horses and gear and how it all operates.”
The Wade’s work together to make, restore or repair old carts, wagons and wheels. Bill will also be making a small horse collar on the day and will be demonstrating 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, Rohan the Bullocky fromThe Gleneden Bullock Team. He will bring with him his blacksmithing andwoodworking 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 Rohan is committed to keeping the spirit alive.
There will also be a feature performance by world champion horseman, Guy McLean, who will be demonstrating his ‘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, a junior whip cracking competition followed by a whip cracking performance and leather work displays.
The Festival will provide an array of stall holders who typically grow, produce or value add to make a product, fitting in with our bush culture. There will be the chance to browse or purchase a range of different bush products, and of course, there will be the chance to have the traditional bush morning tea of billy tea and damper.
The Bush Spirit Festival 2013 commences at 11am and continues through to 4pm on Saturday the 1st of June at the RMWilliams Australian Bush Learning Centre in Eidsvold. This event is part of the Queensland Government’s QueenslandWeek celebrations.
Watch out for the Festival and Photo competition flyers, along with our Friends of RM Inc. Facebook page. For more information please call the Centre on 07 4165 7272.
Bill and ColWade
with 8 year old Betsy will provide
working horse demonstrations at the Bush Spirit