Horse of the North Challenge was founded by a small committee with a big dream. To make a challenge that appealed to everyone…from the professional trainer or seasoned competitor…but most importantly to the beginner…to someone who wants to just ‘give it a go.’

Allan loved to see the up and coming people have a go and being rewarded for their efforts.

Allan William Glenwright was born on the 27th of April 1931 in Charters Towers. He was educated there and his first job was at the Main Roads Depot where his father was Foreman. He commenced his mechanical apprenticeship when his father opened his own garage, and although Allan enjoyed his trade…the land was where he longed to be.

It was on the 1st August (horse’s Birthday!) in 1953 that he married Meryl Knuth, his childhood sweetheart. From their early days as husband and wife, station work began at Lornesleigh, where the eldest son Jon was born. They moved to Allandale and then Clare Valley outside of Richmond. Allan loved the open spaces of the country life. Susan (Salmond) and Peter Glenwright were both born in Richmond, the place where Allan first had a taste of campdrafting…winning with his first attempt in the Maiden onboard  Skipper, whom he had trained on sheep. With the taste acquired, it was a sport that the whole family grew to love, which has passed down to his children and grandchildren.

In 1964 they were given the opportunity to own the second generation property Laroona, which was owned by Meryl’s family. They lived at Laroona for 20 years; Peter now lives there with his family. In 1984 they moved to Urdera near Charters Towers under the intention to retire, but they both missed the rural lifestyle too much. They sold most of Urdera and their intended retirement home, keeping a small block and built a house for when they came to town. Not even his ill health could deter him from moving to Mt McConnel, at the end of 1995, where he spent his last 10 years.

His love of the land, horses and animals in general led him to volunteer many years to his passion, which were TPA & M Association, ASHS and ACA. He was Ring Master at the Charters Towers Show for many years. He became a qualified show and campdraft judge and considered it an honour to judge the Australian Stock Horses at the Brisbane Exhibition. Allan was Vice President of the ACA and travelled all over Qld as an ASHS classifier.

Allan was a well known and respected man in the campdraft world. What people remember most of him at campdrafts is Allan sitting on the top rail at the back of the cut-out, ever willing to pick you a beast or give some advice if needed. Some committees through respect for him even made a seat at the back of their cut-out. When in his older years, he couldn’t get a leg over the rail, he would park the car (or rather Meryl would!) in a prime position where he could still see the camp!

Most people who knew Allan, might think that he was a ‘campdraft man’…so why have a challenge instead of a campdraft event in his honour? The truth is that he was not just a keen campdraft enthusiast…take another step back, because the foundation of a campdrafter is horsemanship…someone who loves the animals and thrives on the rush of those 40 seconds and the judgement and knowledge required to be successful, because sometimes luck just won’t do!

Everyone has their favourite horses, those couple that just seem to stand out from the rest. Allan had some good horses like Skylark, Pride, Syd, High Noon and Blue Mist, but his two favourites were Claredale Heather and Doc’s Happy Return.

Doc and Heather led the procession at Allan’s funeral to his resting place on Urdera, as was his request before his passing on the 5-4-2006.

Unfortunately we do not live forever…but what we achieve in our lifetime and the stories, friends and family we become a part of, is the legacy that we leave behind.

Horse of the North Challenge was founded by a small committee with a big dream. To make a challenge that appealed to everyone…from the professional trainer or seasoned competitor…but most importantly to the beginner…to someone who wants to just ‘give it a go.’ Allan loved to see the up and coming people have a go and being rewarded for their efforts.

The Trophy for the MAGS U5 Horse of the North Challenge is a beautiful bronze sculpture of Allan’s well known hat…something he never went anywhere without. The winner gets to take home a mini replica of the Perpetual Trophy, which is donated annually by the Glenwright and Salmond families.

In 2009 there were smiles all around at Horse of the North, and surely from above, when one of Allan’s Grandchildren, Jess Glenwright took home the honours of winning the MAGS U5 Horse of the North Challenge…and thus her Grandfathers’ trophy got to call Laroona home for the year.

With one of Allan’s children and 4 of his grandchildren on the committee, Horse of the North Challenge is not just an annual event…it is something that was brought to life by some strong willed people who knew Allan and when he put his mind to something…that was it. It is the same with our challenge…no matter what, we will do our best to put on an event that will bring the next generation through with the encouragement and determination Allan loved to bring out in people.