Farewell to equine favourite

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

Pop­u­lar horse Shadow, well known for giving chil­dren rides at Pil­bara com­mu­nity events, died re­cently.

The white Welsh moun­tain and quar­ter horse cross, owned by Drovers Rodeo, died on March 28.

Man­ager Frank Ed­wards said the seven-year-old, born and bred in the town, would be sadly missed by the chil­dren.

“(He was) pop­u­lar as any­thing — he has prob­a­bly done a min­i­mum of 2000 rides in Port Hed­land, been do­ing pony rides for five years,” he said. “Couldn’t ask for a bet­ter horse. “Horses have to have a good tem­per­a­ment be­cause they have kids around their legs and one kick or bite, you’re out of busi­ness.

“Horses are one of the best, if not the best, to in­ter­act with be­cause they are very smart and they can teach peo­ple — there will be a lot of kids sad about this.”

The horse had pre­vi­ously taken part in Aus­tralia Day fes­tiv­i­ties, the Spinifex Spree Car­ni­val, par­ties, pri­vate birth­days around town, the Pan­na­won­ica show for its 40th an­niver­sary and was also used for teach­ing chil­dren to ride.

“Pony rides have died off a bit nowa­days be­cause all the kids like mo­tor­bikes — boys are into mo­tor­bikes now but the girls still like horses,” Mr Ed­wards said.

“The line grows and grows, you lose count of how many rides you do.”

Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

Jess Rans­field with Shadow on Aus­tralia Day this year.

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