PROMOTION: Lorna Fanning has been elected to the board of the Australian Stock Horse Society.
PROMOTION: Lorna Fanning has been elected to the board of the Australian Stock Horse Society. Bubbles Barbierato

Warwick has only second member elected to ASHS board

HORSE SPORTS: Warwick has its second board member of the Australian Stock Horse Society, following the election of Lorna Fanning.

Fanning will travel to Scone four times a year for board meetings of a society which has a large number of members across all horse sports.

She is a long-time member of the Eastern Downs branch of the Australian Stock Horse Society (ASHS) and secretary of the South Queensland management council of the society.

Fanning will be among 30 volunteers running the ASHS State Show, which will start at 8am tomorrow, at the Warwick Showgrounds.

She started to ride at the age of eight and learnt the finer points of horsework mustering cattle on the family property, Gurteen, at Lower Acacia Creek.

Her major involvement as a competitor has been in campdrafting and a little showing.

"I am no great campdrafter but won a maiden at Texas 16 or 18 years ago,” she said.

"My forte is more announcing and organising horse events.”

Fanning started announcing during activity days for the Eastern Downs branch of the ASHS in the mid 1980s.

She is regarded as one of the best campdrafting announcers in Australia and has been on the microphone for the final of the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting, the Warwick Gold Cup, for the past 25 years.

Fanning is only the second ASHS board member from the Warwick area, after Dorothy Jephcott served four years on the board some years ago.

"I am very passionate about Australian Stock Horses and would like to help steer the society in the right direction,” she said.

"Members are the most important part of the society and I will be on the board to represent members nationwide but especially the members of the 14 branches in the South Queensland area.”

She will work with such sports as polocrosse, which has numerous members who ride Australian Stock Horses.

"The Australian Stock Horse is a breed for every need and has a great temperament.

"Everyone from Mum and Dad to all the kids can ride Australian Stock Horses.”

This weekend's ASHS State Show will be held in Warwick for the first time for a decade.

There is free admission for spectators at the Warwick Showgrounds this weekend.

"The highlight will be the awarding of the Nat Buchanan Trophy, which will go to the supreme working horse of the show,” Fanning said.

"It is one of the most sought trophies for ASHS members and is presented to different horses from different equestrian disciplines each year.”