Eidsvold cel­e­brates 125 years

Sec­ond race day $31,000 meet­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - EIDSVOLD RACES -

A PROUD 125 year his­tory is at­tached to the Eidsvold Race Club and this year a sec­ond race day has been ap­proved for June 22.

This Sus­tain Coun­try Rac­ing Se­ries Race Day will mark 125 years since the dec­la­ra­tion of the Eidsvold Gold­fields and cel­e­brate the Eidsvold Show So­ci­ety achiev­ing 70 years of agri­cul­tural shows.

From its be­gin­ning as the Eidsvold Jockey Club in 1887 to the Fe­bru­ary 2013 Eidsvold Race Club Inc’s 125th An­nual Race Day cel­e­bra­tion, Eidsvold con­tin­ues to en­joy its race days.

Archival ma­te­rial re­veals a Jan­uary 2, 1897 news­pa­per re­port on a two-day race meet­ing held in the De­cem­ber 1896, on a Mon­day and Tues­day, with prize money for the 11 races to­talling 59 Sov­er­eigns and big at­ten­dances for both days are noted.

Whilst prize money has in­creased over the years the jock­eys’ weights have de­creased.

A min­i­mum weight of 10 stone was im­posed by the pro­mot­ers of the Min­ers Purse race.

The win­ning horse, Lim­er­ick, car­ried 10 stone 12 pounds.

On June 22, Eidsvold Race Club

Lyle Mur­ray Our June race day will pro­vide an­other great day of coun­try rac­ing.

Inc is of­fer­ing $6000 over and above al­lo­ca­tion, mak­ing it a $31,000 race meet­ing.

The fo­cus of the day is on cat­tle­men, feed­lots and studs.

The pur­suit of ex­cel­lence in cat­tle pro­duc­tion is an ac­tiv­ity of which Eidsvold and its sur­rounds is jus­ti­fi­ably proud.

Com­pe­ti­tion in all as­pects of prime and stud cat­tle en­tries at the an­nual Eidsvold Show are al­ways well at­tended and hotly con­tested.

“Our June race day will pro­vide an­other great day of coun­try rac­ing,” club pres­i­dent Lyle Mur­ray said.

It will be a five-race pro­gram with Fash­ions on the Field, book­mak­ers for the lo­cal and south­ern races, bar, bar­be­cue and can­teen, a mem­bers’ draw and tote and a kids’ jumping cas­tle. Ta­ble book­ings are wel­come. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Lyle Mur­ray or Janelle Con­nolly.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

FIN­ISH IN SIGHT: Spec­ta­tors cheer on their favourites at the Eidsvold Races.

Eidsvold Race Day is a fam­ily af­fair for Trudie and Liam Payne and their chil­dren.

Spec­ta­tors move to the ring for a closer view of the race fin­ish.

Eidsvold Race Days at­tracts peo­ple from all over the North Bur­nett and be­yond.

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