Hughenden Show Committee 1912

Pat Abbott on Quartz and Jane Abbott on Goyarra at one of their last Hughenden Shows as riders in about 1979.


Stephen Edward Abbott (10/1/1917 – 19/3/1969).  Second son of John Charles Burdekin Abbott and Beatrice Catherine (nee Harrison) Abbott.  He lived his whole life at  ‘Abbotsford’.  Most of his early adult years were spent camped out with agistment stock ring droughts.  All the work was done with horses.  He always sang to his horses as he broke them in and each family of horses were worked as per their temperament.  He was a truly amazing horseman.  He spent most of his show career in the hunting arena and one of the horses I remember won events at the Hughenden Show.  He also showed his Thoroughbreds.  His true love was racing and we had up to six horses in work at most times.  Nearly all were bred at ‘Abbotsford’.  His love of horses was curtailed by illness and he died of a heart attack at age 52 years. He was Chairman of the Flinders Shire Council at the time of his death.  His love of hunting and jumping is commemorated by the SE Abbott Memorial Champion Show Jumper 13yrs & under 17yrs.

Patricia Jean (Eather) Abbott (30/8/1922 – 13/3/1992).  Second daughter of Richmond Cornwallis Eather and Mary Jane (nee Langmore) Eather. She lived at ‘Sylvania’ until she married.  She was the son her father never had.  She broke in all manner of horses, from Draught horses for delving bore drains to show hacks and hunters for showing.  Her first Hughenden Show was as a young child.  She won her first rider event and her father said to her “I want to see that look on your face when you  come out and you haven’t won!!”  She never forgot this lesson. Her show career included many wins and losses, and spanned more than 50 years.  She was  a member of the committee for all of her adult life and was a life member of the society.  She married Steve  Abbott in 1945 and together they shared their love of horses and bred Stockhorses, Thoroughbreds and Ponies at ‘Abbotsford’.  Hundreds of horses were sold from ‘Abbotsford’ throughout their years of marriage.  They instilled the love of horses in all their children and the family were involved in racing, campdrafting and showing.  One Hughenden Show saw the family bring seven horses to the show. She never really embraced the ideas of Pony Club or Dressage but  encouraged and coached all those around her.  She was one of the Hughenden Show Societies greatest supporters.     

Steve Abbott on Thorn, Pat Abbott on Bead, Charles Abbott on Flop and Tom Abbott on Banner.



Thomas John Abbott (14/9/1949 – 26/5/1977).  Second son of Stephen Edward Abbott and Patricia Jean (nee Eather) Abbott.  If you were an Abbott you rode horses.  Tom was a quiet achiever, long time committee person of the Hughenden Show Society and a tireless worker.  He was a true gentleman and friend to all. 

 He competed every year in the show and loved his horses, though with little success.  He especially had an affinity with the Arab horses bred at ‘Abbotsford’.  His great love was ‘Blizzard’, a part Arab gelding.  Tragically Tom’s life was cut short by an aeroplane crash, his greatest love was flying, when he was 26 years young

Tom Abbott with Rio Sea –Champion Thoroughbred Stallion on many occasions.

Tom Abbott with Rio Sea –Champion Thoroughbred Stallion on many occasions.


‘Perrys Ben’ a small brown Galloway gelding, owned and ridden by Brett until his untimely death due to a dog attack in 2000.  ‘Ben’ competed in campdrafting, polocrosse, dressage, hacks, western, O.D.E’s and endurance but, he excelled at show jumping and gymkhanas.

He was Champion Galloway Jumper for many years running at the Hughenden Show and also won Champion Jumper titles at shows and Pony Club events all over North Queensland.  He is a dearly loved and sadly missed member of the Hearn family.


Dorothy Eva Cameron, known and remembered by most as MEG CAMERON, earned the reputation as one of the most successful, best known and respected show riders in North Queensland.  Meg successfully competed in shows in Hughenden, Charters Towers and Townsville before 1920 to her last show in 1940.  Show jumping, Hacking, Camp drafting and Gymkhanas – Meg competed in them all.

Meg was seriously injured during a patriotic Gymkhana held at the Hughenden Showgrounds on 24th August 1940, while jumping in a tandem hurdle event.  

After she had cleared the first hurdle, the horse being driven became uncontrollable and in an attempt to catch it, Meg’s mount stumbled and fell heavily, rolling across her.  Meg fractured her skull and never regained consciousness.  Meg died in the Hughenden Hospital on 28th August 1940, aged 43 years.

Relatives of Meg’s are still living in Hughenden today.  Her grandniece Mrs Margaret Edwards and great-grandnieces Mrs Leanne Rogers and Mrs Nicole Stevenson – Local show, campdraft and gymkhana competitors.