Cecil, 94, farmer, horseman, State Ploughman Champion five times running - he stopped competing when he overheard someone say "there's no point competing if old Cecil does", from then on he switched to teaching others to work Clydesdales.
A true family man with 9 kids, 22 grandkids, 27 great grandkids and 2 great great grandkids.
Cecil cleared the land for his farm in 1951, using his big Clydesdale mare and a drag saw. At one point he was milking 308 cattle, twice a day.
He recalls the day he first got into rough riding (breaking in young horses that had never been saddled or ridden): "This giant of a man called Neil Campbell said 'it's Cec's turn on this fella'. And I said 'no way'. And he said 'well you either get on him or my boot'. And I looked at his boot which was about 18 inches long and about that wide and I said 'well, I'll have the horse!'. Stories for days.
After that day it was a challenge he relished, getting a green horse to a stage it worked well. "You'd put the horse in the biggest paddock you could find, just climb aboard and let him rip, and hope to god you'd stay on before you hit a fence". Wow.
Scott: Any struggles right now?
Cecil: Life is frustrating these days. My mind is firing but my body keeps me from doing the things I love. Last week I had a hip operation. The nurses don't seem to mind this cheeky old bugger... it's easy to get a bite.
Scott: What makes you happy?
Cecil: Having my family around me... seeing my kids and grandkids happy. I don't want material things or travel, I love to be home.
Scott: What is something you'd like to do before you die?
Cecil: Right now I want to get out of bed and walk properly. Somebody's got to feed the chooks.
Scott: How do you want to be remembered?
Cecil: As a giving person. Someone who makes time for others and helps them. Look out for those around you, that's what life is about. It's what I've always done and what I'll always do.
Scott: What advice would you give others?
Cecil: Never judge a book by it's cover... always give people a chance, discover who they are inside and out. Be a good listener and never judge without good reason.
Cecil is an extraordinary example of a golden era, a loveable mix of larrikin and gentleman. An amazing man.
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