This little man was born to ride
By SALLY GORDON
EVER seen a two-year-old competently ride a horse?
At yesterday's Maclean Show, hundreds of spectators caught a glimpse of what could have been one of the region's youngest horseriding talents.
George Sutherland yesterday competed in his first riding class, claiming an equal third in the Under-6 lead line event.
With his tiny legs sprouting from the top of the horse's back and a smile of contentment, young George was led around the paddock by his father Les.
And by all accounts, he enjoyed every minute of it.
"He was happy to be out there with the other horses," his mother, Tammy, said.
"As a two-year-old he can't trot, he's too little to hold a trot."
George's participation in the Maclean Show was nothing out of the ordinary for the Sutherland family. In fact it was a continuation of a long family tradition.
George was yesterday accompanied by not only his mother and father, but also his grandfather Rob Sutherland.
Mr Sutherland Snr said the family's connection with the show dated back to the 1940s when his father and uncle used to race trot horses on the show circuit.
Mr Sutherland himself has been a pick-up man for trotting and been involved in the show for almost 30 years.
His son Les has been helping as a pick-up man for 10 years while also competing in the show for the past 29 years.
"It's in your blood," Mr Sutherland Snr said.
"It was in Les's and we're hoping it will be in George's too, so interest in the show society will continue for many years to come."
And if crowd numbers were anything to go by, Lower River residents still love their show with grandstands full, showbags sales steady and the reptile stand packed three-lines deep with spectators.