Heavy horses trot to Gat­ton

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Fran­cis Wit­sen­huy­sen fran­cis.wit­sen­huy­sen@gat­ton­star.com.au

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.

PHOTO: AMY LYNE

STEP BACK IN TIME: At the next Gat­ton Heavy Horse Field Days.

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