Car­riage group vis­its Wick­epin

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Laura Gru­bisa

The Avon and Hills Car­riage Driv­ing Club vis­ited Wick­epin on Oc­to­ber 14 and 15 for their an­nual Al­bert Facey Memo­rial Plea­sure Drive.

The drive co­in­cided with the 100th an­niver­sary of The First Grand Spring Hor­ti­cul­tural Show and In­dus­trial Ex­hi­bi­tion, which con­tin­ued un­til 1968 as the Wick­epin Agri­cul­tural Show.

Fif­teen driv­ers from as far north as Clack­line and as far south as Kar­ri­dale came to­gether for a three day drive of around 50km.

Wick­epin is the per­fect meet­ing point, as it is just three hours from WA’s four car­riage driv­ing clubs in Al­bany, Dwellingup, Perth and Northam.

High­lights of the week­end in­cluded the Wick­epin town drive, street pa­rade and pre­sen­ta­tion, with a lunch at Facey Home­stead.

The Wick­epin com­mu­nity cen­tre showed agri­cul­tural achieve­ments from the past 100 years and a cel­e­bra­tory din­ner was at­tended by 96 lo­cals and car­riage driv­ers.

Avon and Hills Car­riage Driv­ing Club and the Shire of Wick­epin are al­ready plan­ning next year’s event and club mem­bers agreed the op­por­tu­nity to gather to­gether for a non-com­pet­i­tive event was ben­e­fi­cial to both driv­ers and ponies. This ride was the third held by the club and Wick­epin and the club would like to thank John Brown, Trevor Lee­son and Jake Martin who loaned their yards for the ponies.

Con­rad Flavel and Michael Green al­lowed use of pad­docks and Tim Cowcher of­fered a se­cure yard for the ponies at the lunch stop.

Pic­ture: Barry Corke

The Avon and Hills Car­riage Driv­ing Club stopped into Wick­epin over two days as part of their an­nual drive.

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