Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50S -

HORSES have al­ways played an im­por­tant part of the Dal­larnil Sports Car­ni­val, held on the Queen’s Birth­day hol­i­day in June for the past 93 years. At one stage in the pro­gram had a 50 pound cash prize for any horse that could clear a jump of seven feet. One year, two horses made the jump and shared the prize­money. Th­ese may have been the fa­mous high jumper Ra­dium, owned by An­der­sen Broth­ers, and Patches, owned by a cir­cus out­fit which broke the state record in Cairns jumping 7 feet 2 inches. An­other out­stand­ing horse was a trot­ter owned by Joe White called Tommy Holmes, rid­den by Tom Ren­frey. In the late 40s road trans­port was no longer an ob­sta­cle and horses were trucked from far and wide. One year the club fea­tured a unique event with Mr Wil­ton’s per­form­ing horses. His con­trol over seven an­i­mals with no har­ness was phe­nom­e­nal. They jumped over five hur­dles and did in­di­vid­ual dis­plays.


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