Beth Axford: Life Member & Show Memorial

Beth Axford: Life Member & Show Memorial

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Beth’s love of horses began as a young girl with her traindriving father dropping her off in paddocks full of horses outside of Rockhampton to walk through them to her Grandmothers place.

In her teenage years Beth worked as a governess at Blue Range Station, outside of Charters Towers. The Cores were a big horse family who encouraged her to camp draft with the family. This is when Beth made the cover of Hoofs and Horns as a talented rider on the camp draftscene.

In 1959 Beth married Ron Axford another big horse person, so the love of horses just got bigger!

During 1960 Beth purchased her first Shetlands that she and Ron saw grazing next to the road at the BurdekinBridge between Charters Towers and Townsville. Loaded into the Landrover, Pedro and Princess were taken home to go alongside many plant, pack and race horses.

In 1970 Ron and Beth moved to “Wooroora” Station Ravenshoe, in North Queensland, growing their love of horses together with their three boys. They added a Palouse Pony Stud, Thoroughbred Stud, Shetland Pony Stud as well asdozens of plant horses for mustering. At this time they were show goers, promoting their horses in the Led in Classes, Western Pleasure, Stockman Challenges and many fancy dress events.

In 1980 Ron and Beth moved to Winton. Beth soon became largely involved with the Winton Show, becoming Chief ring steward for the horse events for a number of years, until becoming President in 1998. During that time she continued to breed many Shetlands under the Wooroora Shetland Stud banner at Kywong Station, between Winton and Muttaburra. Her Shetlands were sold all over Queensland from Sunshine Coast to Georgetown and as far out as Bedourie Hotel, but there were always some available for the Locals.  Many of Beth’s horses were sent into Winton to be broken in by Bill and Rhonda Heslin and kids. Often any other kid in sight could be seen riding these very quiet ponies around the streets, or just to go and get an ice cream or drink, before the ponies were eventually sent off tho their new homes.

It made Beth proud to see her Shetlands all around town, giving kids rides at fetes, kids learning to ride at Pony Club and even having a Shetland Pony Steeple Chase at the Winton Show in 1991.Beth’s love of horses was for all horses big and small. When you added kids to that it really filled her heart with happiness, and being part of the Winton Show Society just came naturally.

2016 Winner: E. Cox
2017 Winner: R. Radel on Willowcroft Elegance
2018 Winner: