Peter Cordie with his horse Ricky harnessed up to a buggy at the Maryborough Harness and Saddle Pleasure Club’s Masters Games event on Saturday.
Peter Cordie with his horse Ricky harnessed up to a buggy at the Maryborough Harness and Saddle Pleasure Club’s Masters Games event on Saturday. NAT BROMHEAD

Clydesdales master event

IT WAS all in a day’s work for the clydesdales which took part in the Maryborough Harness and Saddle Pleasure Club’s two-day Masters Games event at the weekend.

Event organiser Kathy Hodges said entrants travelled from Bundaberg through to Toowoomba to compete, and even though the weather was cold and windy, the rain held off just long enough for the mixed breed of minis, ponies, horses and clydesdales to compete.

“Classes of turnouts and driver classes, in their fine show attire, were hotly contested and the sporting events displayed great driving skills negotiating the different courses such as barrel racing, witches weave and joker jackpot,” Ms Hodges said.

“Unfortunately, we had to cancel the ploughing on Sunday morning because the field was too wet, but the clydesdales were given extra events to compensate.”

One of the most anticipated events of the day was All in a Day’s Work; a working obstacle course where the clydesdales had to move hay bales, open gates and go around barrels, all with a slide implement on and heavy horse in harness.

Ms Hodges said the judges, Graham Wass from Rosewood and Mr Hannon from Gympie, had a hard task deciding on the winners.

Placings to third were given in each class and overall winners received gold, silver or bronze medallions.

Encouragement trophies were also awarded in each class and a special trophy was presented to 84-year-old Ted Anton – the oldest competitor on the field.

The club hosted a barbecue and annual Horse Show Throwing Competition, which was won by Ashley Chenhall from Bundaberg.



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