Boonah to host the 7th annual Clydesdale Spectacular

SPECTACULAR: Horse Duneske Flash Beauty with an exhibitor from the Stewart-Koster family won first place in the clydesdale dry mare four years and older category last year.
SPECTACULAR: Horse Duneske Flash Beauty with an exhibitor from the Stewart-Koster family won first place in the clydesdale dry mare four years and older category last year.

THE giants of the horse world will be celebrated this weekend at the 7th annual Clydesdale Spectacular.

The two-day event on June 15 and 16 at the Boonah Showgrounds promises to bring together some of the country's best-bred clydesdales and showcase the power of the breed.

Organisers said the Clydesdale Spectacular was one of Australia's largest events of its kind and was first created to celebrate the history and achievements of the breed.

Clydesdale owner and local councillor Rick Stanfield said the show was about the history that the Fassifern region had with the clydesdales and the need to maintain the skills and traditions of working with them.

"People come and show their horses and their stud horses but we also bring together the ancillary trades which supported the horses historically - wheel writing, blacksmithing and harness making," he said.

"These skills are dying out and if we don't maintain them they will all die out because they're not being taught anymore."

A show spokesperson said Boonah and the surrounding towns have a rich history and connection with the beautiful giants of the horse world.

"Clydesdales were historically used for farm work and as a strong, reliable mode of transport," she said.

"The advent of cars and motors saw the breed go into decline, but a dedicated group of Scenic Rim locals made sure the clydesdale's impressive work ethic and ability lives on.

"The Clydesdale Spectacular is a celebration of the breed and of the industries which supported their work, including wheelwrights, blacksmiths and harness makers.

"You'll see beautiful horses and incredible craftspeople at this unique event, as well as woodchopping demonstrations, a working bullock team, heavy horses in harness, the 2019 whip cracking title, the 2019 world billy boiling competition and a performance of Scottish Pipes and Drums."

The spokesperson said there would be plenty of food on offer, including Scottish Haggis Sliders at the show, presented by a subcommittee of the Boonah Show Society headed by Cr Stanfield.

Cr Stanfield said his interest in clydesdales was fostered by the Ehrich family who run Kuldene Clydesdales at Roadvale.

"I have had clydesdales for nearly 40 years," he says.

"The Ehrich family have been breeding them for generations. The power these horses have got driving and working is still a marvel today.

"The Ehrich family had the last purebred clydesdale stud in Queensland and without these guys the breed would have been gone."

Gates open 8am both Saturday and Sunday at the Boonah Showgrounds. Tickets for the Saturday night campfire dinner are on sale now.

Find out more boonahshowsociety.org.au/events/clydesdale-spectacular/