Alan McCallum

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

GAYN­DAH Show pa­tron Alan McCallum has lived here all his life. A keen showjumper, who com­peted in the late 1940s, Alan said showjump­ing as we know it to­day came into the Gayn­dah Show in the early 1950s. Be­fore that, they had hunts. “I’m not sure if it was four or six hunts around the perime­ter of the ring. The hunts – it took six men and a boy to shift them, they were that heavy.” For the early rodeos, there were no chutes, so they used a post in the mid­dle of the ring be­side the rotunda. “They used to lead the horse out there, tie him up to the post, blind­fold the horse, put the sad­dle on, get the rider on, put the blind­fold on, then let him go,” Alan said. “Chutes were built on the south­ern side of the ring, I think, in the late ’50s,” he said. Alan, who be­came a chief ring stew­ard, pro­posed the move from a two-day show to a one-day show. He vis­ited both Ca­nun­gra and Jandowae shows to see how they were run. “I know it was quite a tus­sle to get it into one day.” Alan said that made the show more in­ter­est­ing for people and a lot eas­ier on the work­ers.

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