MAX FOWLER AWARD

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In recognition of Max Fowler OAM Of Coolegong Stud, near Young, NSW, the Federal Council instigated this prestigious award to be awarded to the Champion Gelding of the competition beginning in 2003 in conjunction with the then Annual Clydesdale Sale at Wodonga which Max as first NSW Branch President, officially opened in 1977.

In 2005, delegates decided to move it for competition in a different State, annually in rotation.The trophy was made from a piece of River Red Gum from Wagga Wagga, NSW and features a shoe made by UK blacksmith and farrier David Gulley from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK.

Max and his brother John formed the partnership “Fowler Bros” and were notable breeders.The Scottish imported mare Craigie Golden Queen which Max bought for 500 pounds the day before judging at Sydney Royal held her own at the show taking out Reserve Champion mare behind Harmonessa (imp), and the photo below shows an impressive show team of their imports at Young Show NSW in 1940.

Max, along with Norm Sippell from Queensland, was one of only two judges to have officiated at all three Eastern States’ Royal Shows in just over a 12-month period while it was possible.

Max also judged at Tamworth Show twice, exactly 55 years apart: 1936 and 1991, and was invited to judge at Sydney in 1995; exactly 60 years after he exhibited Craigie Golden Queen there and was first elected to the NSW Brach committee. Max was fittingly awarded an OAM for services to the field of agriculture (horses) in June 1998.

MAX FOWLER AWARD WINNERS

YEAR STATE HORSE’S NAME OWNER
2003 Victoria Caniambo Whistler TR & AC Hillis Benalla VIC
2004 Victoria Aarunga The Phantom AT Marriott & Sons Benalla VIC
2005 Queensland Eucalypt Park Chieftain T Barton Thagoona QLD
2006 Western Australia Beereega Cardale J. Vadala Mahogany Creek WA
2007 South Australia Cancelled due to outbreak of Equine Influenza across Australia
2008 South Australia Glenquarry McGregor MR & MC Hinkley Lonsdale SA
2009 Victoria Aarunga The Phantom AT Marriott & Sons Benalla VIC
2010 New South Wales Triluck Major TJ & JA Peel Wagga Wagga NSW
2011 Queensland Montana Park Damon C Gorwyn & P Lowry Allora QLD
2012 Western Australia Carlville Conductor R Planke Wooroloo WA
2013 South Australia McMurchie Dunfermline LD & CD Sutherland Mt Compass SA
2014 Victoria Meadow Lane Guineas AT Marriott & Sons Benalla VIC
2015 New South Wales McMurchie Ingram Mr C & Mrs K Brown
2016 Queensland Glengallan Montana Sun C Gorwyn & P Lowry
2017 Western Australia Benwerrin Flicka TBA
Max Fowler at left with Craigie Nobleman (imp), Craigie Dalsalloch (imp), Craigie Golden Queen (imp) and Collegong Belle (a filly out of Craigie May Queen (imp)). They won the First Place Group Prize at Young Show, NSW in 1940.

Max Fowler at left with Craigie Nobleman (imp), Craigie Dalsalloch (imp), Craigie Golden Queen (imp) and Collegong Belle (a filly out of Craigie May Queen (imp)). They won the First Place Group Prize at Young Show, NSW in 1940.