Brothers' emotional return to Allora Show to remember dad
TIM Cowley has been coming to the Allora Show ever since he was a child, but this time something was missing.
For as long as he can remember, Tim has lent a hand at the annual event but this year marked the first time his dad was not by his side.
A lifelong member of the Allora Show Society, Edwin Patrick 'Ted' Cowley passed away peacefully in June.
Coming back to the arena on Saturday morning, Tim and his brother Michael were filled with memories of their dad.
"Obviously this year in particular has been a bit more emotional than usual," Michael said.
"Every other time we have been before, (Ted) has always been here - and not just at show time either."
Born and bred in Allora, Ted first set foot in the arena when he was eight years old and called it his second home for the next 70 years.
He was a ring steward in his early years and loved the community spirit behind the annual event.
"The show was a very big part of his life, particularly the showjumping," Tim said.
Returning to the show for the first time since Ted's passing may have been poignant, but Tim was determined to pass on the family tradition.
His children - Harry, Olivia and Bridgette - were all eager to help run the event.
"I've just been doing everything I can," Harry said.
"Testing the time equipment, carrying buckets, just whatever I can."
Harry's hard work was rewarded when he was told a special event had been renamed in honour of his grandfather.
On Saturday afternoon, Allora Show Society president Conrad Schnitzerling announced the 125cm jump would become the Ted Cowley Memorial Jump.
"I think granddad would have loved having this event named after him," Harry said.