Horse Section

Nominations for the 2021 Winton Show Horse section will open on a date to be advised in 2021.

To enter into this section submit the nomination form, QCAS Horse Health Declaration and the Waiver available to download from this page along with your entry fee.

For more information on Horse Registration & Movement Records please visit the below link:

Entry can be made to: OR
Attn: Horse Steward, PO Box 97, Winton Show Qld 4735

For further information:

Horse Steward
Alex Sorensen – 0427 585 632

Horse Sponsors

Winton Pharmacy


Rosie Archer


G&G McKerrow


Ros Lenton


Margie Elliott


E&C Entriken


Debbie Nichols

Memorial Awards

James Elliott

James came into this world on the 5th March 1996 (a beautiful bundle of joy), in the Roma Hospital and grew up at Wirilla Winton. He was always just a happy boy and his love for animals started from a very young age. His first pony was Crystal (a Shetland) and then he went up in size to Pete (Welsh) and anything else that he could possibly get on. The photo below of him on the black horse was when they were both about 4 and James got him over to the fence and just climbed aboard. He first cantered unaided at 18 months on Crystal and it snowballed from there.

He got great enjoyment out of riding with other kids and sharing the joy of their achievements. By the time he was 5 he had found his love, Poppy, a plain little bay mare, they did everything together, along with his fox-terrier dog Trixie. James competed in mini camp drafts, gymkhanas and shows and used to saddle up on his own and go get the milkers in and chase pigs, sheep or anything he could round up. Because of James love for horses and enjoyment of helping other children ride, I felt the need for this award at the Show, to encourage all our fantastic local children to ride and enjoy the love of horses.

Tragically we lost James from this world on the 26th December 2001.

Words by Margie Elliott.

2016 Winner: E. Cox
2017 Winner: H. East & L. Henwood
2018 Winner: E. Cox – Jube
2019 Winner: R. Dwyer – Mischief

Tania Lenton

Tania was a staunch supporter of the Winton Show. Tania loved her Handicraft and took great pride in her quilts, also offering her time throughout the show week preparing sections of the pavilion throughout the years. Tanias other love at the show was the horses and especially the pony/children’s section. She would never fail to help in the horse ring when needed and in Tania’s words, I help as long as I am in the Kids Ring.

2018 Winner: S. Sorensen – Elmdale Park Sallyanna
2019 Winner: S. Sorensen – Elmdale Park Sallyanna

Beth Axford

Beth’s love of horses began as a young girl with her train driving father dropping her off in paddocks full of horses outside of Rockhampton to walk through them to her Grandmothers place.

In her teenage years, Beth worked as a governess at Blue Range Station, outside of Charters Towers. The Cores were a big horse family who encouraged her to camp draft with the family. This is when Beth made the cover of Hoofs and Horns as a talented rider on the camp draft scene.

In 1959 Beth married Ron Axford another big horse person, so the love of horses just got bigger!

During 1960 Beth purchased her first Shetlands that she and Ron saw grazing next to the road at the BurdekinBridge between Charters Towers and Townsville. Loaded into the Landrover, Pedro and Princess were taken home to go alongside many plant, pack and race horses.

In 1970 Ron and Beth moved to Wooroora Station Ravenshoe, in North Queensland, growing their love of horses together with their three boys. They added a Palouse Pony Stud, Thoroughbred Stud, Shetland Pony Stud as well as dozens of plant horses for mustering. At this time they were show goers, promoting their horses in the Led in Classes, Western Pleasure, Stockman Challenges and many fancy dress events.

In 1980 Ron and Beth moved to Winton. Beth soon became largely involved with the Winton Show, becoming Chief ring steward for the horse events for a number of years, until becoming President in 1998. During that time she continued to breed many Shetlands under the Wooroora Shetland Stud banner at Kywong Station, between Winton and Muttaburra. Her Shetlands were sold all over Queensland from Sunshine Coast to Georgetown and as far out as Bedourie Hotel, but there were always some available for the Locals. Many of Beth’s horses were sent into Winton to be broken in by Bill and Rhonda Heslin and kids. Often any other kid in sight could be seen riding these very quiet

ponies around the streets, or just to go and get an ice cream or drink, before the ponies were eventually sent off tho their new homes.

It made Beth proud to see her Shetlands all around town, giving kids rides at fetes, kids learning to ride at Pony Club and even having a Shetland Pony Steeple Chase at the Winton Show in 1991.Beth’s love of horses was for all horses big and small. When you added kids to that it really filled her heart with happiness, and being part of the Winton Show Society just came naturally.

2016 Winner: E. Cox
2017 Winner: R. Radel – Willowcroft Elegance
2018 Winner: L. Wearing – Willowcroft Elegance
2019 Winner: A. Compton – Birinda Spellbound