Gus immortalised in Cup
GUS Mauch had two passions in life; aviation and his hometown of Yangan.
His life-long love of the place he grew up in has led to a new trophy - the Gus Mauch Memorial Cup - being created to reward young riders at the Yangan Cash and Carry Ute Muster and Bull Ride this weekend.
Yangan Cash and Carry's Brett McKenzie said the event would be the inauguration of a new perpetual trophy to honour of the much-loved local who passed away in May, aged 87.
Gus was praised for his commitment to the Yangan community which was behind the decision to name the Junior Bull Ride trophy after him, McKenzie said.
"He was identified by myself as being major force in the Yangan community for many years," McKenzie said.
"He was a strong spokesperson for the community for many years and one of the key things he focussed on was always the juniors in the community and that's one of the key elements we want to show with this trophy."
McKenzie said the new trophy was made in Warwick and featured a bull rider on a gold cup mounted on a wooden base.
"It can have plaques put on it so we can put the winner on their over the years and we have a small trophy for the winner to take away," he said.
McKenzie said Gus' family had been told about the trophy and was happy about the heartfelt tribute.
"They were quite warmly fond of the idea of putting his name to the trophy," he said.
McKenzie said the Junior Bull Ride wasn't always taken as seriously as the open event but could be just as, if not more exciting.
"We often see more of the open bulls and open riders but often young bulls are quite exciting as well and sometimes the juniors have a tougher time then the open riders because they haven't seen the bulls before," he said.
"We tend to focus on main events in the open grades, and that's in any sport, footy or whatever."
But looking after younger members of the community was a cause close to Gus' heart.
"We always tend to support the top grade but we support the juniors we end up with strong top grades in the long term. We don't cater for (the juniors) enough," McKenzie said.
Annette Redgwell of Redgwell Trophies said it was special to make a piece for such a well-loved community member.
"Everybody knew him and it means something to the community," she said.