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Build it and they will come.

Build it and they will come.

The single thing I like the most about going to the Chinchilla Showgrounds is the fact that every time I go, there is something new or upgraded on the grounds somewhere.

The landscape supplies campbelltown event has come a long way since the days where it was held in the old timber Canaga cutting pen. As a result competitors are now talking with their feet. This years annual Chinchilla cutting event hosted by the Southern Queensland Cutting Horse Association attracted a record 421 entries. So how did this happen?

Was it  a result of the efforts of the small team of SQCHA comittee members? …. maybe a little. Was it a result of unbridled encouragement and support from the sports governing body? …. definitely not. No the majority of the credit has to go to a small group of Chinchilla locals who have banded together in a community that loves its horse sports. Year in year out people like Terry and Caroline Elliott, the Lithgow family, Lionel Davis, Glenn Jones and Lucy Madden, to name a few, have generously donated their time and energy to ensure the growth of this spectacular event.

It’s not just the building of structures and improvements to facilities and amenities that is needed to run an event of this calibre. This success is the result of many years of forging relationships with the locals. The Chinchilla Campdraft comittee helped to set up the cattle laneway, local Gary Bowden arranged and conducted the transportation of  1300 head of cattle plus  over a period of four days, and ran it like clockwork, and who could not mention a cutting event without the appreciation of the local cattle suppliers. These guys, C & M Davis, the Geldard family, the Drury family, J & M Bourke and Terry Ryan all entrusted their valuable livestock to the SQCHA. A conservative estimate of the total value of these beasts was around the $1.8 million mark. That is some responsibility for a small group of people who have donated their time to run this event around their other everyday commitments. Then you have to feed these cattle and you rely on yet another local, Tony Pascoe,  for that job. Of course having the right amount of sand for the surface is another very important aspect, this was achieved by having many years of communication with the Chinchilla show society so that they fully understood the importance of that requirement. Then of course the loyal sponsors who have supported the show over time, Landmark- Chinchilla, Wood Ag- Chinchilla and Equivet – Southbrook. Add to the mix locals Leon Polzen and David Wright who assisted with the cattle and you have a group of community members, some who are involved with the sport of Cutting and some who are not, all banding together for a common cause, to make the event as successful as possible for the benefit of their local community.

Unlike the solid structures of bricks and mortar, as we all know carpet cleaning canberra at times are not as sound. This part of the equation could be compared to building a house of cards constructed over many years.  Many years and many hours of commitment from the core of the SQCHA Chinchilla sub committee. It is this house of cards that is pivotal for the longevity of an event such  as the one we have just seen.

So after weeks of work in setting up and organising the people needed to run the show, the precious cargo of cattle are returned to their owners unharmed,  the panelling is pulled down and returned to its rightful place and finally as the competitors, rule makers and enforcers are sound asleep without a moments thought of the weekend that was, the lighting is returned and the grounds are left just as they were found. So after all that effort the precarious structure remains sound and still in place so that in twelve months time, if those volunteers have the desire to go again, it is definitely a possibility. A culmination of years and years of effort and co operation between a small group of Chinchilla locals. No doubt the work will not stop there. In the next twelve months a lot of time and effort will be spent ensuring the relationship of all the locals is still on a steady footing,  but with all that said and done, it only takes one brash decision in a moment of arrogance from someone with no local knowledge, and that house of cards may start to teeter and perhaps even collapse.

 

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