Horse and Her­itage – All to see at Eidsvold’s Bush Spirit Fes­ti­val!

Central and North Burnett Times - - AROUND TOWN -

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


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