MEMORY LANE: Terry Cahill will show the medal he received from the Queen Mother to the Governor-General today at the Killarney Show.
MEMORY LANE: Terry Cahill will show the medal he received from the Queen Mother to the Governor-General today at the Killarney Show. Shannon Newley

Cowboy relives top ride

TERRY Cahill remembers one thing above all else about his 1958 brush with royalty - the Queen Mother's hands.

"I had to bow and shake her hands," Mr Cahill said.

"And her hands were that soft."

It was a winning performance in the buck jump event at a rodeo in Brisbane which led to the Warwick man's meeting with the late Queen Mother who presented him with a sash and medal.

"There were 15 of us who went down there," he said.

"But I won the buck jump."

Today that sash and medal and Mr Cahill will reconnect with royalty (or at least a representative) when he shows them to Governor-General Quentin Bryce AM when she opens the Killarney Show at 2pm.

The 81-year-old lived at Killarney for decades, riding horses at both the show and rodeo so it was only fitting he would be on hand to meet Ms Bryce.

He said he was excited and nervous all of those years ago, but would be better prepared this time.

"Well, it was something I had never done before," he said. "But I am too old to get excited now days."

Mr Cahill said he had been to many rodeos - but the ride which landed him in front of the Queen Mother was the most memorable.


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