Mick Bradford jnr helps out at the heavy horse day organised by his father.
Mick Bradford jnr helps out at the heavy horse day organised by his father. Gerard Walsh

Father's efforts valued

YOUNG Mick Bradford is as proud as punch of his father, who raises more than $6000 for RACQ CareFlight at his Heavy Horse Day at Yangan each year.

Mick Jnr remembers first going to shows with heavy horses at the age of eight with his father Mick Snr.

While he works in the fencing and timber industries in Toowoomba, Mick Jnr has been one of his father's right-hand men at the 11 events, the last 10 for RACQ CareFlight.

“I am very proud of what Dad does at the age of 78,” he said.

“His enthusiasm for the days is amazing.

“It is good for his health and gives him a focus.

“I hope the days can keep going for a long time.”

The Bradfords have 12 heavy horses, a combination of draught horses and Clydesdales.

The majority spend most of the year in a block the family owns in the mountains while four are kept close to the house for the small shows Mick Snr attends.

According to Mick Jnr, the horses all performed well this year.

One of the 12 is a foal so people who love the Heavy Horse Day need not worry about the continued supply of horses.

Barry Geitz was one of the announcers and told the crowd just before midday yesterday that he had just received a $250 donation from Severnlea resident Ron Salata.

“Ron was one of the people to receive a heart transplant early.”

Mr Salata credits RACQ CareFlight for getting him quickly to Brisbane in his hour of need.



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