Horse riders celebrate Fabian Webb’s life
FABIAN Webb's proud grandchildren, Matthew and Clare Webb, were beaming with pride as they led the field home in Saturday's Fabian Webb Memorial Ride.
The name honours Widgee grazier, musician, councillor and family man, Fabian Webb, who founded the Kilkivan Great Horse Ride 30 years ago.
Yesterday, Mr Webb's widow Tanda was happy to report that the 30th big horse ride had been a success.
"We had about 400 riders, but because they all rode close together, it looked like many more," she said yesterday.
"It was a very successful day," she said.
"It wasn't sunny but it stayed fine.
About 60 riders left Thornside (the Webb's home property) on the Hanging Rock trail.
"About 204 were in the Mudlo Trail from Kilkivan and 645 took part in the Rossmore half ride."
The big voice behind The Gympie Show for many years, Alain Henderson, continued his role announcing the horse ride, as he has done for many years.
The official party, including federal Wide Bay MP Warren Truss, Gympie Region mayor Mick Curran and Deputy Mayor Larry Friske presented life membership of the ride's organisation to former Kilkivan Shire mayor and Kilkivan identity David Lahiff.
"He's helped Fabian a lot over the years, and with many things," Tanda Webb said yesterday.
Matthew and Clare probably owe their existence to the horse riding romance that started between their dad and mum, Anthony and Helen Webb.
Anthony is the only son of Fabian and Tanda and he met Helen on an early Kilkivan Great Horse Ride, when they were in their 20s.
"I volunteered to help look after her and the rest is history," Anthony Webb told The Gympie Times when we spoke to him before the ride.