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THIS year’s Gympie stock horse ride next month will have a big feel af­ter land­ing na­tional coun­try brand icon R.M. Wil­liams as its ma­jor spon­sor.

While R.M. Wil­liams has had a long as­so­ci­a­tion with stock horse festivals, this is the first time it has thrown its weight be­hind Gympie’s.

And it gives a huge boost to the Gympie stock horse branch, which sec­re­tary Melissa Boully said took a break last year to let the event be “rein­vig­o­rated”.

“It means the world,” Ms Boully said. “We can put up big­ger and bet­ter prize­money... it has a flow-on ef­fect. There’s more money for the town and the club.

“The branch held its AGM in April and the com­mit­tee de­cided to work as fast as pos­si­ble to get this im­por­tant event on the lo­cal equine/horse cal­en­dar back up and run­ning.”

R.M. Wil­liams was on board for only the up­com­ing event, but Ms Boully was con­fi­dent the com­pany would be back for more.

“I’d like to think that the odds are pretty high,” she said.

“They’re ex­cited to be part of this jour­ney and we’d love to see them back on board for more.

“We are thrilled that this event will al­low us to show­case the per­for­mance po­ten­tial of this won­der­ful Aus­tralian horse.”

Their Fu­tu­rity and Chal­lenge event on Au­gust 4-5 at the Kilki­van show­grounds.

Photo: Bambi Gos­bell

SPURRED ON: Harry Boully, Felic­ity Mawhin­ney, Tony Mawhin­ney, Tony Good­ear, Myles New­combe, Locky Boully, Wendy Ward and Melissa Boully cel­e­brate se­cur­ing R.M. Wil­liams as a ma­jor spon­sor for this year’s Gympie stock horse event.

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