Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular wood chopping addition is a winner

WOOD CHOPPING, Clydesdale exhibit and billy boiling competitions were crowd favourites at the Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular, with many entrants eager to showcase their talents and display working horses.

The two-day program attracted crowds to the Boonah Showground to enjoy the history display, stalls, blacksmithing and a wheel lightning demonstration on the weekend.

Ploughing, shoeing and harness work demonstrations and a show by the Friesian Performance Troopes held to showcase working horses while showgoers also cheered on entrants in the whip cracking contest.

The event saw magnificent Clydesdale horses with most being entered in competitions to win prizes, including the $5000 prize for the Supreme Clydesdale Exhibit and $1000 for Junior Champion Clydesdale Exhibit.

Horses were judged to meet a criteria, including looking at the animal’s movement, temperament and conformation to decide who had the best “well put together” horse.

The $5000 prize and Pat and Evie Perpetual Trophy was awarded to the Steward-Koster family and horse Dunekse-Pearl while the $1000 and Junior Champion title went to Ken and Mary Lang and horse Brendallan Esther.

Miss Deeshy Dee took home the Miss Pin Up Girl title.

Clydesdale Spectacular committee member Greta Stanfield said they were extremely happy with the turnout, with many people braving the wind on Sunday to attend.

“Both country and city people immerse themselves into the activities at the event, with some learning about things they had never seen before,” she said.

“We showcase so many trades and skills that there is so much to learn from the displays alone.”

Ms Stanfield said there were multiple activities but the addition of the wood chopping competition was a highlight this year.

“We had so many people wanting to enter and the feedback from showgoers and competitors was great,” she said.

“We have already booked some of them for next year so it was definitely a winner.”

Ms Stanfield said whip cracking and billy boiling competitions also drew in interest as crowd favourites.

“Whip cracking is a family event where everyone can have a go,” she said.

“There is always a nice span across ages, there was even a little girls doing it, and categories went right up to a 40s class.

“Then there’s billy boiling, which everyone can enter but it is just a matter of going through and judging them all because we get so many entries each year.”