Heavy Horse Day a chance to ap­pre­ci­ate horse­power

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

STEP back in time to a by­gone era of agri­cul­ture at Mick Brad­ford’s Heavy Horse Day this week­end.

For Mr Brad­ford, there is no horse more pow­er­ful yet grace­ful than a cly­des­dale.

At 83, he is still an en­thu­si­ast for the farm­ing ma­chin­ery of the 1800s and 1900s and he will be driv­ing his 15 horses through the muddy black soil at his Yan­gan prop­erty.

Philip Thom­son and his bul­lock team will be re­turn­ing to the event to share the pad­dock with Mr Brad­ford this Sun­day.

“They’re com­ing from up the hin­ter­land at the Gold Coast,” Mr Brad­ford said.

The event recog­nises the horse­power con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of agri­cul­ture.

See fan­tas­tic work­ing horses and dis­plays of horse-drawn equip­ment and her­itage work­ing dis­plays of a lo­cal black­smith, wheel­wright­ing, hay­mak­ing, chaffmak­ing and corn shelling.

En­try costs $10 for all those who pass through Mick’s front gates for the event, which is now in its 16th year.

Most re­cently, pro­ceeds from the event have sup­ported LifeF­light Res­cue He­li­copters, with more than $5000 be­ing raised for the char­ity.

“One year I know, we got up to $12,000,” Mr Brad­ford said.

“We’d be over $100,000, no doubt about it.”

LifeF­light Foun­da­tion’s com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer for the south-west, Amy Luhrs, said the Heavy Horse Day would help LifeF­light con­tinue its vi­tal com­mu­nity ser­vice.

The event is at 122 Swan­fels Rd, Yan­gan, from 9am–4pm on Sun­day.

To get there, head east on Yan­gan Rd, pass through Yan­gan and turn left into Swan­fels Rd. Mick’s prop­erty is only a few min­utes down the road on the left-hand side (just look out for the horses).

For more information, phone 4664 8206 or find Mick Brad­ford’s Heavy Horse Day on Face­book.

PHOTO: GER­ARD WALSH

HER­ITAGE HORSES: Mick Brad­ford’s Heavy Horse Day is on at Yan­gan this week­end.

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