Industry stalwart aids drought relief in Queensland

Craiglea Stud owner and TBQA committeeman Stan Johnston helped flood victims in Queensland two years ago and he stood up again to aid drought-stricken properties last weekend.

Johnston and his daughter Crystal, along with Jo Heather from Patinack Farm, travelled thousands of kilometres to drop off 750 bales of hay around Western Queensland.

The deliveries took them to Blackall, Longreach, Barcaldine, Winton and plenty of properties in between.

It’s all part of Stan’s plan to help affected families feed their horses after he heard a touching radio interview on one his regular road trips to the races in Townsville.

“They spoke to a little girl who said her family’s property outside Prairie was getting very dry,” Stan said.  “Her dad had to sell cattle and she had two or three little ponies that were struggling so I thought we might be able to do something.”

Johnston has been inundated with pleas for help since the concept was first publicised.  He received support from the TBQA, Droughtmaster Stud Breeders Society and hay merchant Peter Doyle of Kynoona Pastoral.

Johnston was on the road for over 50 hours during his latest three day trek.