Yangan man Mick Bradford reckons food is the way to his horses’ hearts. He expects thousands of people to see them at a CareFlight fundraiser tomorrow.
Yangan man Mick Bradford reckons food is the way to his horses’ hearts. He expects thousands of people to see them at a CareFlight fundraiser tomorrow.

Event aims to raise thousands

CRACKED and calloused, with dirt deeply embedded in the crevasses, which streak across his palms and fingers.

These are the hard-working hands of Mick Bradford – who has been driving horses since he was five years old (70 years ago) – a Yangan man on a mission to raise money for RACQ CareFlight.

For the past decade Mr Bradford has held the Yangan Heavy Horse Day to raise money for charity with his team of 11 horses pulling implements and machinery which date from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s.

“Last year we raised $8000, in 2008 we raised $13,000 and I reckon about 2000 people will come on Sunday,” he said. “We’ve got a heap of working displays like a Canadian reaper made in 1880.”

The morning program will kick off with his ten-horse team working cultivation side-by-side, a sight Mr Bradford assured would be extraordinary.

For the past four days, Mr Bradford’s Yangan property has turned into a flurry of activity as helpers pull together to make tomorrow’s event a possibility.

One such helper is Dean Jeffery, who made the trip across the border from Woodenbong, to restore and fix many of the harnesses and collars for the Heavy Horse Day demonstrations.

“I’ve been doing this for about 20 years and own two draft horses of my own: Ellie and Oscar,” he said.

Horse day

When: Tomorrow from 9am to 4.30pm

Where: 122 Swanfels Road, Yangan

Cost: $5 and $2 raffle tickets to raise money for RACQ CareFlight

There will be an animal nursery for the kids, barbecue, sandwiches, hot roast, camp oven stew, damper, live country music and a licensed bar for big kids.



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