A history of the Kilkivan Great Horse Ride

Kilkivan is one of the few towns actually situated on the National Trail, which runs from Cooktown to Victoria, and this was the inspiration for establishing the annual Kilkivan Great Horse Ride in 1986.

The Kilkivan Great Horse Ride was first suggested by Widgee grazier and former Kilkivan Shire councillor, the late Fabian Webb, who wanted people of all ages and riding ability, from all walks of life, to get involved with a recreational ride through the scenic country around Kilkivan.

In 1988, the Queensland opening of the National Trail was incorporated into the ride and the legendary late R M Williams was among the riders who participated.

When the Kilkivan Shire celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2008, and to mark the occasion, the council unveiled a life-size statue of Fabian Webb (pictured right) astride his horse Smoky. Mr Webb was the shire’s longest servicing councillor having spent 37 years in local government.

Image courtesty South Burnett Times.

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Article Sydney Morning Herald 11 April 2015

History of the National Trail.