Beaudesert Cutting and Western holds annual fundraiser

THE Sue West Memorial Grounds at Josephville were a sea of green as the Beaudesert Cutting and Western Performance Club held its annual fundraising event on Sunday,  this time for drought relief.

The memorial plaque at the entrance to the grounds featured a single bouquet of flowers in remembrance of the woman who made it all possible.

Sue West was a beloved member of the Scenic Rim horse riding community and was president of the Beaudesert Cutting and Western Performance Club.

She was killed when a four-wheel drive vehicle crashed into the window of her LJ Hooker office on Brisbane Street.

Ms West left her entire estate to the club, which made it possible to acquire the grounds and build the new indoor arena for cutting events. 

This year’s fundraising event had been due to take place on October 21 but the club made the hard decision to postpone after rain made the grounds too soggy for cattle and vehicles.

Aptly-named club spokesman Ray Drought said the aim this year was to raise funds to support struggling farmers.

“We are very grateful to local farmers who provide the cattle for our events, so this year we wanted to do something to help them,” he said.

“We will be passing all the money raised on the day to the Country Women’s Association so we know it will go where it is needed most.” 

In previous years the club has staged an annual Pink and Blue Day to raise funds for cancer research.

This year the event was called Green Day, with riders and supporters encouraged to wear green on the day.

Club president Matt Crumblin was pleased with the significant turnout despite the heat wave that saw the Scenic Rim swelter with temperatures topping 35 degrees at the weekend.

Mr Crumblin said the number of spectators and supporters exceeded all expectations.

He credited the generosity of locals for the significant numbers who came to support drought relief.

“People in and around the club always go above and beyond for a cause like this,” he said.

“They want to have a go and I know we have had a bit of rain but people are still struggling.”

Mr Crumblin said the club was grateful for the support and specifically thanked AJ Bush and Sons who donated the cattle for the day.

The event raised about $4000 for the cause but fundraising will continue, with Beaudesert horse trainer Frank Green offering an advanced cutting clinic and December 1. The clinic will have only ten spots at a cost of $175 per rider and all proceeds from the clinic will be added to the Green Day tally.