Pay­ing trib­ute to a mate

Doug Schofield me­mo­rial chutes un­veiled at the rodeo

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­

SI­LENCE filled the Ap­ple Tree Creek Show­grounds as cow­boys tipped their hats for a minute’s si­lence in mem­ory of a great man and fa­ther, Doug Schofield.

Emo­tions and tears flowed from friends and fam­ily of Doug as the rodeo MC, Larry Cann, gave a heart felt speech in mem­ory of his great friend.

Mr Cann said Doug was pas­sion­ate about the rodeo and loved his horses.

“In hon­our­ing him the new cat­tle chutes at ATC Show­grounds are ded­i­cated to his mem­ory,” Mr Cann said.

In the seven months since his pass­ing the IDPA&I So­ci­ety com­mit­tee has strug­gled with the prepa­ra­tion and or­gan­is­ing of events.

Childers Show So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Peter War­ren said Doug was our driv­ing force for all the events and he al­ways looked for­ward to the rodeo and show.

“He knew what to do and had all the con­tacts, and we all miss him dearly,” Mr War­ren said.

Doug looked for­ward to the rodeo and took the lead to get the chutes re­placed.

Mr War­ren said sadly, Doug isn’t here to see the chutes he wanted so des­per­ately to be re­placed.

“They look great and will be put to great use.”

Lo­cal mem­ber for Bur­nett, Stephen Ben­nett of­fi­cially un­veiled the new ATC Rodeo sign, ded­i­cated to Doug Schofield.

Mr Ben­nett said it was an hon­our to be asked to un­veil the sign at the rodeo.

“Lead­ing up to to­day (Satur­day) I was re­flect­ing on Doug and the guid­ance and ad­vice he gave me early in my ca­reer,”

“I know I will be a stronger per­son for know­ing him as will the com­mu­nity he was so very pas­sion­ate about,”

Mr Ben­nett com­pli­mented the show so­ci­ety of every­thing they have done for the com­mu­nity and the ef­fort into putting to­gether such great events.

“Named in Doug’s hon­our, it’s a small ges­ture and it is im­por­tant to recog­nise the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the show move­ment and the Childers com­mu­nity,” Mr Ben­nett said.

The loud and vo­cal crowd cheered as the sign was re­vealed in mem­ory of a char­ac­ter larger than life, Doug Schofield.

“Here’s think­ing of you Doug,” Mr Ben­nett said.

Proudly rep­re­sent­ing the show so­ci­ety, the 2016 Miss Show­girl Sarah Perry is urg­ing young ladies to en­ter into next year’s event.


HON­OUR­ING DOUG: The Show so­ci­ety com­mit­tee with the sup­port of Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett.


NA­TIONAL AN­THEM: Larry Rus­sell leads the open­ing of the rodeo.

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