Beautiful Longreach, I could go on and on about this beautiful part of Australia. The people really make this a special place. For a town of just over 4000 people, at least 170 horse and riders took part in the Annual Pink Ride for Breast cancer, run by the Stockman’s Hall of Fame.
The Agricultural College kindly loaned one of their horses Chloe to me and she was a beautiful mare with a really good nature. I had not been on a horse for 10 years but once back in the saddle, my experience from learning to ride from the age of 8 years old came back very quickly.
The ride starts on Sandalwood Station, which is a magnificent property just out of Longreach. The ride was 22 km’s and I tell you my bottom really felt it by the end of the day.
Riding such a distance I got to meet and chat with so many people along the way, most of whom had been touched by cancer in some way. I met a beautiful lady named Sue who was riding for her sister Cath, who lost her battle with Breast Cancer just under 2 years ago aged 43. Her nephew Edward, who is 15yrs old, also rode in honor of his mum. Listening to others along the way made me realize how lucky and also how important my role is in raising the awareness for this disease.
Retired footballer Shane Webcke, who is an ambassador for the Stockman’s Hall of Fame rode on the day along with the awesome guys from Black Toyota group.
The evening went very well with auctions and a lovely speech from Leonie Nunn, a local lady who shared her story of Breast cancer.
A big thanks to Prue Fagher, Ranald Shultz , Ben and Marina MaGuire from the Stockman’s Hall of Fame for showing myself and Ben from NBCF such wonderful hospitality during our stay.
Walking through the Stockman’s Hall of Fame was one of the most influential and historical learning experiences and I learnt a lot about the area and our beautiful country.
Next year I will bid on the R.M Williams Pink Stock whip if I can save enough pennies.
Longreach is famous for a few things but I must say the Qantas slogan, ” The spirit of Australia”, really fits this wonderful place.
It is there, right where you are; If you seek it, obviously you do not see it – Muso Kokushi