Four Clydesdale horses work in a circle at the Heavy Horse Day at Yangan yesterday.
Four Clydesdale horses work in a circle at the Heavy Horse Day at Yangan yesterday. Gerard Walsh

Heavy Horse Day attracts a crowd

IT wasn’t easy to get a fence-side spot as Mick Bradford directed four of his horses in the only circular working horse display in Australia yesterday.

The founder and host of the 10th annual Killarney Lions Club Heavy Horse Day explained to the crowd how he developed the mechanism for the circular horse display.

While a camera or two can be found at most events, there were cameras galore zooming in on a bit of history.

Machine after machine was driven by the four horses.

Mr Bradford rated the event as good as last year.

“It was a perfect day for the Heavy Horse Day,” Mr Bradford said.

“We had a bit of broken gear but nothing serious.”

Patrons were kept in the picture on the day by announcers Barry Geitz, Alan Hoey and Peter Bondfield.

Mick’s son Mike drove the hay mower as ripe lucerne was cut for hay.

Ten minutes later, the action turned to a black soil Yangan paddock 20 metres away and again it was almost impossible to get a fence-side spot.

As the horses were going through their paces, Peter Venables from Texas was turning the handle of a small corn-shredding machine.

Mr Venables has run heavy horse days at Rosedale, just north of Bundaberg, and has embarked on the trip from Texas to Yangan to help out for the past decade.

For the first time, a 1930-vintage boring plant owned by Trevor Liesegang, of Toowoomba, was being driven by a 2.5-horsepower 1900 steam engine.

Toowoomba resident Fred Wingett was Mr Liesegang’s offsider yesterday and said they drilled to about six metres.

“We were just doing a demonstration,” Mr Wingett said.

“These boring plants were used to drill the artesian bores out west.”

The two men, who started talking old machinery at Orchid Club get togethers in Toowoomba, worked together for two years to restore the drilling plant and one of their first trips was a five-day demonstration at Jondaryan Woolshed.

There were plenty of patrons watching under the blacksmith’s marquee.

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