YOUNG BLOOD: This year’s Youngest Rider award winner Rhys Farhe takes his place in the parade.
YOUNG BLOOD: This year’s Youngest Rider award winner Rhys Farhe takes his place in the parade.

Kilkivan Great Horse Ride to going strong

MOST people want to get something for nothing, but it is the people who give something for nothing that keep the world turning, according to Kilkivan's eternal volunteer, David Lahiff.

Mr Lahiff was recently honoured for his 30 years helping keep the Kilkivan Great Horse Ride on track.

DESTINY: Jim and Rhonda Brown, of Kybong, with their horse Summer Night’s Destiny.
DESTINY: Jim and Rhonda Brown, of Kybong, with their horse Summer Night’s Destiny. Contributed

A grazier, former retailer and ex-Kilkivan shire mayor, Mr Lahiff received a life membership of the ride's organising association.

In that time, the event has become a big part of Kilkivan's community, social and business calendar.

It was renamed this year the Fabian Webb Memorial Ride, in honour of its recently deceased founder, another big Kilkivan volunteer, musician, councillor, horseman and grazier, Fabian Webb.

The Webb family also helped put their weight behind Mr Lahiff's life membership award.

"David's done a lot to help over the years," Mr Webb's widow Tanda Webb said after Saturday's ride.

Mr Lahiff warns the community will need to work hard over the next 12 months to make sure the event continues.

"We need at least 100 volunteers for next year's ride," he said, announcing that he would be toning down his contribution from now on.

WINNING TEAM: Cherbourg Trail Horse Riders Club members, Kenny Gyemore, Dina Haines and Eric Blair, enjoy the victory after being named Best Riding Club.
WINNING TEAM: Cherbourg Trail Horse Riders Club members, Kenny Gyemore, Dina Haines and Eric Blair, enjoy the victory after being named Best Riding Club.

"I'll still help out, but I don't want any responsibility."

"Between gatekeepers, bar staff, general helpers and all the service organisations that provide safety and first aid services, Mr Lahiff says 100 is not really enough - 165 is a better number for helpers to keep the ride on track.

"We never had anywhere near that many this year,. but we hobbled through," he said.

"We end up with too few people and that means they can end up doing too much.

"That sometimes discourages people and you end up with even fewer," he said.

Gympie region Mayor Mick Curran yesterday congratulated Mr Lahiff on the award, which recognises a huge contribution, grading trails, cutting back the vegetation and generally making things safe.

"Well done David," he said, also congratulating the association itself and "all involved in organising this year's ride for their dedication to the event."

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