Dungog Historical Society tells us the story of the horse named Dungog

Steed: Emilie Roach pictured with her mount Dungog (wearing a winner's ribbon) in 1929. Photo: National Museum of Australia http://collectionsearch.nma.gov.au/object/57332
Steed: Emilie Roach pictured with her mount Dungog (wearing a winner's ribbon) in 1929. Photo: National Museum of Australia http://collectionsearch.nma.gov.au/object/57332

Many are familiar with the late Dungog Olympian Kevin Bacon, regarded as one of Australia's best-ever show jumpers.

But what about a horse named "Dungog"? Here's his story thanks to Lesley Thompson from the Dungog Historical Society.

After World War I, a horse called "Highlander" competed at the local shows.

Highlander later known as "Dungog" became known as the best high jumper in the State of NSW, breaking show records, including a world record.

Highlander was bred by Mr Herb Kealy (Fosterton) and trained by the Carlton Bros. at their Glen William property.

In 1923 Highlander was a regular competitor in hunts and high jumps but by 1924 was mainly competing in the high jump competitions against Lady Radium and Musician (both owned by W. J. Weir, Narrandera) and was clearing heights of 6ft plus.

In June 1925 Highlander was sold at auction (Mr T Carlton, Auctioneer) to Mr W. J. Weir making Mr Herb Kealy 100 Guineas.

Mr W. J. Weir renamed the horse to "Dungog".

In the 1926 Sydney Royal Show Dungog cleared 6ft 9in (evening high jump) placing equal first with Mr F.W. Bowden's horse Bill (ridden by B Chittick). Dungog was later sold to B. Chittick.

Between 1926 and 1927 esteemed lady rider, Miss Emilie Roach (W. J. Weir's niece) was riding Dungog at shows setting records for women.

Dungog had a new owner by May 1928; Mr R (Bob). Chittick (Kangaroo Valley) and was known as the best jumper in the state of NSW, and winning titles across the Eastern states.

At the Sydney Show in 1929 Dungog broke two high jump records firstly ridden by Miss Roach setting a record of 7ft 1in (set in 1923), and under lights set a world record clearing 7ft 6in (2.3m).

As an old horse in 1930, Dungog was competing in hunting competitions in Queensland for his new owner Mr J. M. Webster (Gympie).

Does anyone know what happened to this beautiful horse "Dungog"? If readers do have early photos or memories of this time of show jumping in Dungog the Dungog Museum would be interested to hear from you - phone 49 9220 94.

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