Show hon­ours two horse­men

Fa­ther and son’s names live on with new tro­phies

Gatton Star - - LIFE PUZZLES -

THE mem­ory of two pas­sion­ate and ded­i­cated horse riders will live on in the ring at the Lai­d­ley Show next week­end.

Show or­gan­is­ers have added the Peter Wat­son Me­mo­rial High Point Ju­nior Rider and the Ben Wat­son Me­mo­rial High Point Se­nior Rider tro­phies this year.

Ben was a drover in Mitchell be­fore mak­ing the move to the Lockyer Val­ley. His son Peter was born and bred in Lai­d­ley and worked for the coun­cil for many years.

Ben’s life­long pas­sion for horses was passed down to his son at an early age, some­thing Peter shared with his wife Kay and their daugh­ters Gemma and Sha­nia.

“It’s very spe­cial, a way for them to be re­mem­bered for­ever,” Kay said.

“I think they’d be hon­oured.”

Chief horse ste­ward Craig Wass said it would be a stacked pro­gram in the ring.

“Ev­ery­thing is in place for a won­der­ful two days of horse com­pe­ti­tion with some of the best horses in Aus­tralia,’’ Mr Wass said.

“Saturday’s horse pro­gram in­cludes ev­ery­thing from minia­ture ponies to Cly­des­dales.

“The rid­den classes will cul­mi­nate with the judg­ing of the Supreme Hack of the show and the Supreme Rid­den Hunter of the show.

“Sun­day’s jump­ing ring will be ac­tion packed.

“And the Ron Eger­ton Me­mo­rial Supreme Led Stan­dard­bred, spon­sored by the Spel­liken fam­ily, will be hotly con­tested by mostly re­tired rac­ing horses in their new life as show horses.”

PHOTO: TOM THREADINGHAM

IN THE RING: Lai­d­ley Show chief horse ste­ward Craig Wass is look­ing for­ward to an ex­cit­ing pro­gram this year.

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