CRAFT CHAP MAKER: Garry Hockey with his custom chaps.
CRAFT CHAP MAKER: Garry Hockey with his custom chaps.

Chaps just right for rodeo queen

FOR leather worker Garry Hockey, it’s important his chaps are not only fit for a queen but also remind them of home.

Taking a gum leaf from the Warwick Showgrounds last year, Mr Hockey traced it and kept it in mind.

This year, Warwick’s rodeo queen Mikyla Hogno wears it on her own pair of custom chaps.

Mr Hockey, who was raised in Toowoomba and has been making the Warwick rodeo queen chaps for eight years, said it’s all part of an unbridled passion for Warwick rodeo culture.

“We have a long association with the Warwick rodeo,” he said.

“I rode here back in my young days when I was riding and being silly.”

Mr Hockey also makes chaps for the Mt Isa rodeo queens, as well as our Australian rodeo queen, and reckons his artistry stands against those overseas.

“We know some of those chaps are holding their own to US chaps,” he said.

“We make them as tough as if someone is going to be riding them proper.”

And despite the hard work, it’s something Mr Hockey wouldn’t give up for the world.

“It’s just giving something back to the sport and back to Warwick,” he said.

“It’s only a couple of sets of chaps but they seem to think it’s something special.”



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