Cleaned the dust of Kulin from my boots – now its everywhere! Proof of the law of the conservation of matter?
On the 4th we left the elephant in the Wheatbelt behind as we departed the Kulin Bush Races. The elephant was at the races to raise awareness that Western Australian wheatbelt folk are 11 times more likely to die on the road than people living in the city of Perth!
The life sized elephant was built by a local sculptor, Maurice Rosbotham, commissioned by the RAC. The elephant skin is made from 500 kg of scrap from crashed cars! It has certainly got people talking and discussing the issues it was built to raise.
… except when it is made of tin!
Two entrants to the Kulin Bush Races 2015 Tin Horse Competition:
3rd October 2015 was the day of the Bush Races at Kulin, Western Australia. In between races there are the entrants to the Tin Horse Competition to admire. There is prize money to be won but the tin horses remain the property of the Bush Races Committee and are displayed at their discretion. A constant source of horses for the Tin Horse Highway!
The real horse races during the day are for amateur horses and riders. All riders have no professional association with horses or riding which, I believe, makes the races unique in WA. I was very happy that son Leo rode in three races and was placed in each. Here he is ‘in the pink’ winning on Honky Tonk – or is it Honky Tonk that is winning?
I balked at attempting to sketch that for Inktober!
The Kulin Bush Races is now 21 years old. It is a not-for-profit event run by awesome volunteers. Since 1995 it has put close to $1 million into community initiatives, facilities and projects! Well worth visiting if you have the opportunity.
I dobbed myself in to participate in Inktober on Facebook as incentive to sketch daily. It is now the 5th but I have been inking, just not posting!
This is my first sketch which represents spending the day travelling to the camping ground for the Kulin Bush Races in the wheat belt of Western Australia. As you approach Kulin you get to enjoy the laughing matter of the Tin Horse Highway.