Sunday May 2nd
It was by chance that I heard about this marvellous event. A friend rang to say hello two weeks before the date, as we hadn't been in contact for several months. When we tried to make a date, she mentioned that this weekend was out because they were camping at the Gatton Showgrounds, for four days, to attend. My ears pricked up, details learnt, phone calls made and Joc, Jan and Tony were delighted to join me.
With our country backgrounds, we were enthralled from our arrival at 8am until our departure at 3pm.
On our arrival, the coffee van was situated beside the horse shoeing pavillion. A competition was running here all day. Two blacksmiths had to forge a shoe for the horse and a display shoe. The farrier had to clean, trim, and shape the hoof in readiness for fitting the shoe. The time limit was 90 mins. There would have been at least 4 rounds of three horses being shod and an overall winner announced at the end of the day.
We stood spell bound for the full 90 minutes of the first competition of the day and checked in from time to time to watch the other competitors. It was wonderful to chat with the friendly, local visitors who answered all our questions and shared their stories of their involvment with these gentle giants. A cold cloudy day with a light shower or two, but the sweat was constantly dripping from the faces of the blacksmiths as they repeatedly heated and hammered their length of iron into shape.
Final rasping and job done!
Another sensational day out with friends, down under!
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