Show honours two horsemen
Father and son’s names live on with new trophies
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.”
IN THE RING: Laidley Show chief horse steward Craig Wass is looking forward to an exciting program this year.