South-east riders raise funds for charity

Logan Drivers and Riders Association have raised more than $5000 for charity at their first south-east Queensland extravaganza harness, breed and hack show.

The show was held at Buccan on October 7 and 8.

LDRA president Debbie Hamilton said the funds would be split evenly for the Mates for Mates and Soldier On charities, which both work to assist veterans and their families.

“We had about 130 competitors through the weekend,” she said.

“It was great to see a lot of new drivers and horses to harness.

“There was a great range of carriages on show, the miniature horses were really well represented and we even had a few young entries for our fun ring.

“It is hard for people to get into this sport and compete at an entry level, so that’s what we hoped to give over the weekend.”

Ms Hamilton said the feedback for the day had been positive.

“Competitors have said they would be coming back or even entering for the first time next year,” she said.

Ms Hamilton said carriage sport was a true equaliser.

“We had a woman who is a quadriplegic enter our show and it was great to see her compete,” she said.

“This is one of the few sports where gender or disability does not matter.” 

Ms Hamilton said the association would look at holding another harness show next year.

As the LDRA are a foundation club, Ms Hamilton said they welcome beginners or novices of any level to come down and learn foundation skills.

“We really want to people to develop safe skills and get the right horse, harness and carriage for them,” she said.

To join the club or get involved contact secretary Meta Cook 0408 554 680.