VERY THANKFUL: The Leichardt Australian Stock Horse Society Branch are now able to bring more smiles to drought stricken farmers.
VERY THANKFUL: The Leichardt Australian Stock Horse Society Branch are now able to bring more smiles to drought stricken farmers.

Small town society earns big cash boost

A PREVIOUSLY dormant club has gone from reopening to national recognition in under two years.

The Leichhardt Branch Australian Stock Horse Society has been named the Australian Stock Horse Branch of the Year and has also obtained a grant for $32,000 through the Queensland Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

Branch president Judi Powell said her group did more than just aim to promote the Australian Stock Horse for membership.

“We recognise that, during the drought, people can’t get away to do weekend activities with the family,” Ms Powell said.

“They can’t afford now to go away for long periods.

“If we can run events locally and bring events to them for the day that’s where we get our funding from because we’re covering drought and mental health issues through the sport.”

The Leichhardt Branch was announced as the Australian Branch of the Year at the Australian Stock Horse Society’s Annual General Meeting.

This is thanks to their hard work in running events, clinics and also giving back to the communites in their area which include Theodore and Biloela.

“We’ve done a lot of sponsoring back ourselves, given money to other stock horse branches to help them run events,” Ms Powell said.

“When we run an event in Theodore everyone benefits.

“We spent over $1000 in accommodation at the hotel so it all brings money into the community.”

The GCBF will fund the construction of a ‘Pop Up Office’.

“This mobile office will enable us to move across our area and run events in all corners of our patch,” Ms Powell said.

“We’ve been tied to showgrounds and areas that have setup facilities.

“What we can do with this office is go to someone’s place with our equipment and all we need to run activities.”

To become a member or get involved with the Leichhardt Branch head to the Australian Stock Horse Society website or phone Judi Powell on 0427 490 157.