History of Ted Bowe

Every year the Sunshine Coast Equestrian Club hosts theTedBoweMemorial Barrel Race. This is a family event with a chili cook-off, good music and lots of thrilling and funny horse events.

Bowemoved to Gibsons in the mid ’60s and soon became known as a talented horseman. He was best known for “getting everyone out” to watch the gymkhanas.

During the early ’70s, the arena was on the site where London Drugs is now. The main attraction of one gymkhanaBoweorganized was a 2,800 pound bull called Freight Train and all the local cowboys had a go at riding this beast. He brought bareback riding (on wild horses) and bull riding to the Coast, the likes of which has not been seen since. For many years to follow he was part of the horse community as it moved to different sites and riders came and went.

The Sunshine Coast Equestrian Club has endeavoured to followBowe’s example and get the whole community out to watch and enjoy the day and remember him and what he meant to this community.

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