Young whip crack­ers

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News - . AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

❝it He brought into the lounge room and was do­ing what we call a vol­ley. — Ali­cia An­der­son

YOU could call these young­sters the von Trapps of whip crack­ing.

The An­der­son kids, from Mudgee in New South Wales, are mak­ing a name for them­selves in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try with their whip-crack­ing demon­stra­tions.

Last week, the youngest of the clan, Lo­gan, went vi­ral af­ter a video cap­tured him stand­ing on a pony’s back and crack­ing a whip. He turned four in De­cem­ber.

Be­fore that, the trio ap­peared on the TV show This

Time Next Year, keen to achieve their dream of be­com­ing cham­pion whip crack­ers, which they made hap­pen at the Syd­ney Royal Easter Show.

The fam­ily’s ob­ses­sion with whips started af­ter a trip to the Man from Snowy River Bush Fes­ti­val, when el­dest son Tyler watched Ben Hughes, who was the Aus­tralian cham­pion at the time, im­press the crowd.

Mid­dle child Jada fol­lowed suit af­ter a bit of gen­tle en­cour­age­ment from her brother, but Lo­gan didn’t need a push in the slight­est.

The first time he tried to crack a whip was when he was 10 months of age.

Mum Ali­cia An­der­son likened see­ing her baby with a leather whip in his hand to see­ing a child on the kitchen bench hold­ing a knife.

“I was hor­ri­fied,” she said.

“He had found a way to get un­der the bed, pull out the whip bag, find the leather whip, bring it into the lounge room and he was try­ing to do what we call vol­ley.”

Lo­gan’s grand­dad crafted a make-shift baby whip, which was a bit of dowel with a piece of rope, so he could have a crack like his older sib­lings.

Now a few years older, the de­ter­mined tot uses the real deal.

Search “The Aussie Whip Crack’n Kids” to keep up to date with the An­der­son fam­ily’s ca­reer.

PHOTO: JODIE PIT­MAN

A NAT­U­RAL: Mudgee kid Lo­gan An­der­son in fine form per­form­ing a whip crack­ing demon­stra­tion.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

The Aussie Whip Crack’n Kids Jada, Lo­gan and Tyler An­der­son.

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