Jill donates saddlecloths for sesquicentenary ride

Moree Plains Shire Mayor Katrina Humphries receives a saddlecloth kindly donated by Jill Burling.
Moree Plains Shire Mayor Katrina Humphries receives a saddlecloth kindly donated by Jill Burling.

Mrs Burling has also given Moree Plains Shire Mayor Katrina Humphries a saddlecloth, a gift that councillor Humphries was “truly grateful for”.

“It’s something that I will always treasure and pass down to my grandchildren,” Cr Humphries said.

Mrs Burling organised for the cloths to be made much to the surprise of the riders and members on the Sesquicentenary Committee.

“It was such a kind gesture,” Cr Humphries said.

“She has done it out of the kindness of her heart.”

Mrs Burling’s late husband, Des, was one of the six riders who rode on the Pony Express in 1962.

Mrs Burling’s two son’s Danny and Darryl will be following in their father’s footsteps and riding in this year’s sesquicentenary Pony Express re-enactment.

“It means a lot to be able to give something to the boys doing the ride this year,” Mrs Burling said.

The sons and grandsons of the 1962 Pony Express riders will be strapping on the saddle to re-enact part of the journey completed by their forbearers.

The journey which will take about two weeks to ride will begin at Warra Creek near Willow Tree.

From Willow Tree the riders plan to continue up the Hunter/North West stock route and on to Breeza.

From Breeza they will travel to Gunnedah, Narrabri, across the Iron Bark Road on to the Millie Monument and then to Tycannah.

Mrs Burling said the riders would use the cloths when riding into town but not throughout the entire journey.

The other riders taking part in the journey along with the Burling brothers are Keith Jones, David and Clive Kirkby and John Carrigan.