Kilkivan to host horse futurity
THE Gympie Branch of the Australian Stock Horse Society holds its 25th Annual Stock Horse Futurity, Youth Show and Campdraft this weekend at the Kilkivan Showgrounds.
The futurity is the first of its kind ever held in Australia and has a proud history – an achievement filling publicity officer and secretary Mary Ann Atthow with pride.
“The event still has some of the original committee still involved,” she said.
Atthow said the first futurity was held in Widgee in 1985 and remained there until 2000 when it shifted to Kilkivan.
The decision to shift to Kilkivan came about due to the availability of cattle used for the cattle working sections of the futurity.
Instrumental in conceiving the event were three horse lovers in the Gympie area, including Ian Francis, the late John Elliot and Anne Sutherland.
“The idea was to hold events for young stock horses competing against others of the same age as all shows at that time were run with horses of all ages in together,” Atthow said.
Winners in the futurity are of the highest standard, with numerous going on to win high profile national competitions.
Atthow encouraged the public to be a part of the crowd over the weekend.
“Come and enjoy lovely young horses, great company, top tucker and entertainment,” she said.