Heavy horses trot to Gatton
WITNESS the heavy horses that built our nation at the 40th Gatton Heavy Horse Field Days.
They were the beasts who worked the land and as the story goes, Clydesdale, Shire, Percheron and Australian Draught horse breeds all have ancestral roots that stem back to when the first settlers brought their horses to explore Australia.
The weekend will relive history with working exhibitions and displays of heavy horses in action, harness displays, working team ploughing, obstacle courses, breed judging and riding events in dressage and a barrel racing.
Amongst the action will be a shoeing competition, wagon rides, pony rides, face painting, craft demonstrations and historic vintage vehicles on display
Gatton Heavy Horse coordinator and treasurer, Marilyn Borg said the event was set to be the biggest yet.
“We’ve got a lot more stall holders and entertainment than we’ve ever had,” she said.
“The grand parade will be the highlight of the weekend, but we have the world cup farriers and blacksmithing competition this year and people are coming from all over the world to compete.”
This year marks the 20th year Ms Borg has been involved in Gatton Heavy Horses.
“I started out as member and helping out the secretary doing the stall and horse allocation,” Ms Borg said.
“It’s amazing we’ve made 40 years – the support we get from the local community is just fantastic.
“Before we had tractors all our food was produced by horses and bullocks so it’s important for the younger ones to be educated as to how it used to be. I’d like to thank our sponsors TEQ and It’s Live in Queensland and the LVRC.” The Gatton Heavy Horse Field Day is on Saturday, April 29– Sunday, April 30, 8am – 5pm at Gatton Showgrounds. Head to the Facebook page for more information.
STEP BACK IN TIME: At the next Gatton Heavy Horse Field Days.