Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular to honour horse breed and celebrate Scottish culture

BOONAH will celebrate its Clydesdale history when a show featuring the giants of the horse world rolls into town in June.

FUN TIME: Harriet and Oliver Smith prepare for the Clydesdale Spectacular at the Boonah Showgrounds in June. Photo: supplied

FUN TIME: Harriet and Oliver Smith prepare for the Clydesdale Spectacular at the Boonah Showgrounds in June. Photo: supplied

Started by local breeders to honour the history and heritage of the horse, the Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular will be held on June 12 and 13 this year at the Boonah Showgrounds.

The region's Scottish connection will also be celebrated, with the event to include a calling of the clans and traditional caber tossing.

Whiskey and haggis burgers will be available, and Scots are encouraged to attend in their clan kilts.

Event organiser Greta Stanfield said about 5000 people were expected to visit the show this year.

"The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacularwas born from a desire by local breeders to pay respect to the history and heritage of this magnificent horse," she said.

"From the beginning, this event has attracted competitors, participants and spectators from across the country and overseas ... "

Boonah's Clydesdale heritage can be traced back to the 1840s.

Pat and Col Ehrich and their families are credited with the rebirth of the breed, which started when numbers began to dwindle in Australia during the 1960s.

Ms Stanfield said the Clydesdale Spectacular would feature some of the top bred Clydesdales in the country.

"(It) shouldn't be missed by anyone who has an interest in this magnificent breed, or anyone who loves horses, or for that matter anyone who wants a brilliant experience in the country ...," she said.

A full program of Clydesdale competition will be held over two days in the main arena at the Boonah Showgrounds, and will include led, carriage and harness classes.

Other event highlights are harness making, blacksmithing, wheelwrights, horse-drawn demonstrations and whip plaiting.

The Queensland Whip Cracking Championships, World Billy Boiling Championships and Friesian Horse Troupe performances will also feature.

Tickets can be purchased at ticketebo.com.au.

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