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.