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Kilkivan Great Horse Ride

The Grand Parade down Kilkivan's main street is always an awesome sight

Fabian Webb

Flashback: Kilkivan Great Horse Ride founder Fabian Webb next to a scuplture of him in Kilkivan created by metal artist Dan Davie

April 10, 2015

This weekend’s Kilkivan Great Horse Ride is being dedicated to Fabian Webb who died in November last year.

The popular country music singer and cattle man served on Kilkivan Shire Council from 1967 to 2004 and was instrumental in founding the Great Horse Ride as well as what later became the Gympie Music Muster.

The “Fabian Webb Memorial Ride” will also mark the 30th anniversary of this iconic equestrian event.

There will be three trails operating on Saturday (April 11) again this year:

  • Hanging Rock Trail departs from the Webb family property “Thornside”, at Widgee, at 7:30am. The riders will then explore 35km of bush tracks through the ranges from Kilkivan to Widgee
  • Mudlo Trail will leave the Kilkivan Showgrounds at 7:30am. These riders will also traverse 35km of trails north of Kilkivan, passing through Mudlo Gap and the National Park.
  • Rossmore Half Trail will leave Rossmore Caravan Park at noon. Riders will cover 10km of easy country along the Bicentennial National Trail. Organisers suggest this ride is suitable for first-timers, older horses and younger riders.

At 4:00pm, all the riders will converge on Kilkivan for the Grand Parade down the main street.

But the weekend isn’t just about horses …

Friday night kicked off with live entertainment by the Hillbilly Goats at “Thornside”.

On Saturday night, the Tom Grady Campfire Concert will take over the Kilkivan Showgrounds. Entry to the cost is $20 for adults, $5 for teenagers (12-17) and under 12s free.

And then on Sunday, there will be “Fun Church Goats” on Sunday morning, followed by a Pony Club fun day, run by the Kilkivan Pony Club. There will be junior and senior events with nominations taken on the day.

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