Horses built the Scenic Rim
STANDING next to one of his Clydesdales, Rick Stanfield says it's best to keep your toes being stepped on by the impressive one-tonne horse.
The councillor is preparing to showcase just what the unique horse breed can do at the fourth annual Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular.
"We say the Clydesdale built this region," Cr Stanfield said.
"We have a lot of history with them in this area. Before motors, Clydesdales were our ploughs, tractors and workhorses.
"They were absolutely vital to our farming back when there were no vehicles or power. Animals developed the nation."
The event was launched in 2013 and is a sub-committee of the Boonah Show Society Inc.
It is designed to showcase the best of the breed and provide the area with a premier breed-specific show for Clydesdales in Queensland.
Cr Stanfield said the event would bring people from all over south-east Queensland.
"This is our fourth event and we've expanded the show each year," he said.
"We've been overwhelmed by the interest. The Clydesdale is a really crowd-friendly animal."
He said the two-day event would include Clydesdale demonstrations, ploughing, Scottish pipe and drum bands, Scottish cuisine, billy boiling, whip cracking, blacksmithing and live music Saturday night.
"At the Clydesdale Spectacular we show the horse as a stud horse, working horse and also a harness horse," Cr Stanfield said.
"I've got a family history with Clydesdales. My grandfather worked them in Boonah.
"Like any history, in order to appreciate it you have to preserve it.
"We try to educate people at the show about what these horses are all about."
The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular will be held next weekend, from June 11-12 at the Boonah Showgrounds.
Gates will open from 9am Saturday and 10am on Sunday.
Admission costs $5 per person.
For more, please telephone 0407 960 029 or its is possible to send an email to clydiespectacular @hotmail. com.