Camels become show's star attraction

Ambrose mum and daughter Brenda Emerick and daughter Georgia, 10.
Ambrose mum and daughter Brenda Emerick and daughter Georgia, 10. Paul Braven

TURBO the camel and his two ambling mates got plenty of attention at the show which the sure-legged lads, well used to being in the spotlight simply shrugged aside.

Ambrose mum and daughter Brenda Emerick and daughter Georgia, 10, were unfazed as they easily got astride Turbo for a gentle roam among the crowd at the Mount Larcom showgrounds.

Camel owner John Richardson has spent 30 years working with camels and is full of praise about their intelligence and differing personalities.

Growing up in Emerald he purchased his first dromedary from up in the Northern Territory back in 1985.

Since then Mr Richardson has gone on to win numerous camel events and has competed in the famous Camel Cup at Alice Springs.

"I've been an amateur jockey, a trainer and a bookie," he said.

"In 1985 I heard about this big camel race (for Australia's Bicentenary) and I thought what a challenge, and well why not.

"I was a horseman so I had to get people to teach me how to ride camels."

Mr Richardson was keen and up for the challenge and has now turned being a camel owner into a lifestyle choice.

"They are very intelligent animals. Their walk is very regal, majestic," he said.

"I've found them to be very interesting and a unique animal in very many ways."



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