24 June, 2023
Wild horse chase
It was a wild horse chase for myself last Thursday, when a tip off from a local told me about Julien Welsh in town with his horses and carriage (see story).
After not finding him and almost giving up hope, Mr Welsh trotted past our office window.
I was quick to grab my camera and chase him down,
only to realise my lack of visiting the Gilgandra Fitness
Centre meant my pace was no faster than the horses…
I chased Mr Welsh down Miller Street, past the caravan
parks, all the way out to the highway.
point should I stop? I asked myself, as I ran through
ways to make myself more aerodynamic in my mind.
Then, I suppose thanks to my luck, a tour bus travelling
from the Jacaranda City happened to see the frantic
looking goose chase, and stopped in front of Mr Welsh.
I managed to catch up with the now parked bus and
Mr Welsh, all be it out of breath.
“We stopped because
we thought the horse and carriage had left you behind!”
proclaimed Debbie Bowling, owner of the AbFab Tour
group who were on their way to lunch at The Royal
After a quick and insightful interview with Mr
Welsh later, the AbFab crew offered me a lift back into
I was quickly handed a microphone and asked questions
about the fantastic Gilgandra, the illustrious
Byrson Luff who the tour was about to have lunch with,
and the story of the Coo-ee March.
The AbFab crew had been to Gilgandra before, and
after experiencing fantastic hospitality the first time,
they were back again, and were already planning their
The tour of around 24 people had travelled
from Grafton, to Tamworth, Gulgong, Dubbo, Cobar,
Broken Hill, White Cliffs, and were heading back home
through Coonabarabran and Moree.
A great laugh was had, and the memory is now forever preserved in passengers’ phones of my wild horse chase down the Castlereagh Highway.