Donation lets Julia Creek family dream again

Nanango couple donate young colt to NW flood family

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The young colt, given the name of Dream Catcher, by Kirkby Stud Digger out of Tamarang Acres, has dual registration papers.

The young colt, given the name of Dream Catcher, by Kirkby Stud Digger out of Tamarang Acres, has dual registration papers.

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Having 70 per cent of your animals washed away would be enough to steal away the desires of many, but thanks to the thoughtfulness of a Nanango couple, a Julia Creek family is able to dream again.

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Having 70 per cent of your animals washed away would be enough to steal away the desires of many, but thanks to the thoughtfulness of a Nanango couple, a Julia Creek family is able to dream again.

Early in July, a Rudd's Horse Transport truck delivered a 12-month-old colt to John Davison and his family, a gift from Nanango's John and Lisa Scott.

In Mr Scott's words, they didn't have any spare cash to help people whose livelihoods had been smashed by February's monsoon but they did have a horse.

"We think he'll be pretty handy," he said.

"He goes back to Adios Reflect on his father's side and his mother has Acres Destiny and Doc Freckles Oak genetics.

"Other foals by the stallion have been kind and easygoing."

Lisa Scott, Nanango, riding Dream Catcher's sire, Kirkby Stud Digger.

Lisa Scott, Nanango, riding Dream Catcher's sire, Kirkby Stud Digger.

The Davisons lost 24 of their prized horses, including brood mares and their stallion, along with 1250 of their cattle and 1100 sheep in the flood.

"We're just a small operation - we don't know how we'll get through but we're trying," Mr Davison said. "This is a really great gesture, especially as we lost our sire. Horses become your friend."

As well as having grandchildren busy on horseback mustering during the holidays, a mare of theirs won the novice draft in the Flinders Classic campdraft on the weekend, both activities giving Mr Davison lots of pleasure.

Kirkby Stud Digger is the Scott's latest stallion, a breeding business they've been in for 15 years.

The Scotts know what it's like to lose possessions you've spent years creating: in 2011 and 2013 their irrigation farm in the South Burnett was impacted by destructive flooding.

"It cost us a lot of money," Mr Scott said. "We've probably got some idea of what they're going through."

In their case it was a friend with a load of hay that got them through a bad patch.

"It's just good to help when you can," Mr Scott said.

The donation was facilitated by his cousin, Alby Davey from Chatsworth at Boulia.

She said Paula and Les Rudd of Rudd's Transport had been very generous with the donation of travel.

John Davison taking delivery of Dream Catcher from Rudd's Horse Transport.

John Davison taking delivery of Dream Catcher from Rudd's Horse Transport.

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