News

Labour of love for horses recognised

BIG HEART: Max Chapman of Glasshouse Mountains cares for retired racehorses like Scouldie and Rocky, that would otherwise be destroyed, and teaches children to ride them.
BIG HEART: Max Chapman of Glasshouse Mountains cares for retired racehorses like Scouldie and Rocky, that would otherwise be destroyed, and teaches children to ride them. Brett Wortman

GLASSHOUSE Mountains horseman Max Chapman epitomises the term "local hero".

Max became popular in the community after he took in three former racehorses, which he said would otherwise have "gone to dog meat".

Max, a former New South Wales mounted policeman who retired to the Sunshine Coast with his wife Elaine nearly nine years ago, said it was natural for him to go to such lengths, having grown up with and loved horses all his life.

The horses, Scouldie, Rocky, and the late Mandrake, are loved not only by Max but also by many children in the community whom Max taught to ride.

And as a result of that mutual love of horses, Max has developed a real connection with many in the local community.

Members of the community decided it was time Max received the recognition he deserved.

Colleen Gray and her children Helena, 16, and Georgia, 12, helped start a fundraising campaign to provide Max's horses with shelter.

Bassett Barks managing director Sue Joseph was willing to offer her support.

"Sue rang me one day and said 'I've just seen on the internet that you're trying to raise some money to build a shed'," Max said.

"And she said 'Go over to the shed place in Landsborough, pick out a shed and I'll buy it for you'.

"It was only supposed to be just a shed but they decided that they'd make it stables for me."

Max said he had been overwhelmed and humbled by the support he was shown.

"I really appreciate it, and I appreciate what the kids did for me," he said.

"It just blew me away. It was something I could never do (financially)."

In May last year, Vegan Warriors founder Jaylene Musgrave was so inspired by Max's work that she created the Peace Out Award, of which Max was the inaugural winner.

She said Max deserved the recognition, and she was delighted to have helped with the campaign to raise the much-needed funds.

"I've seen the way he teaches the kids around here to ride, and he spends an absolute fortune looking after these horses," she said.

"But it's not just that.

"It's the absolute, pure love that he has for every one of his horses that really struck a chord with me."


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

MOTHER’S Day is coming up this weekend, and mum Bette

Mum Bette Hickox will experience her third Mother's Day as a mum to twins Bee Blossom and Tilly Tiger, as well as with her two-year-old daughter Willow Pearl.

MOTHER’S Day is coming up this weekend.

Report delivers double the bang for Noosa

Noosa's economy could be in for amajor convention and arts boost in the future.

Noosa may onde day be in for a 1000 seat convention centre.

Restoring Peregian eyesore

The Peregian roadside was in urgent need of rehab.

Peregian Beach community rehabilitates a roadside eyesore

Latest deals and offers

Bravehearted Mel taking the 777 challenge

Eumundi girl Mel is running seven marathons in seven states in seven days for Bravehearts, an organisation that protects Aussie kids from sexual assault.

MOTHER’S Day is coming up this weekend, and mum Bette

Mum Bette Hickox will experience her third Mother's Day as a mum to twins Bee Blossom and Tilly Tiger, as well as with her two-year-old daughter Willow Pearl.

MOTHER’S Day is coming up this weekend.

Report delivers double the bang for Noosa

Noosa's economy could be in for amajor convention and arts boost in the future.

Noosa may onde day be in for a 1000 seat convention centre.

Restoring Peregian eyesore

The Peregian roadside was in urgent need of rehab.

Peregian Beach community rehabilitates a roadside eyesore

Budget seen as business boost

CCIQ Noosa head Peter Chenoweth - likes small business tax breaks in the federal budget.

Local business generally welcomes the federal budget.

Posy to brighten someone’s day

The Posy Cart Noosa is a new online business venture for Helen Mondino.

little things that usually mean the most in life

Federal Police Defuse Dance Bomb

Australian Federal Police respond to "threat" in Canberra.

Australian Federal Police respond to "threat" in Canberra.

Claire St Jacques leaves court

Claire Rhiannon St Jacques, 37, leaves Maroochydore Court House after being sentenced for assaulting a security guard.

Claire Rhiannon St Jacques, 37, leaves Maroochydore Court House after pleading...

NSW Police join Dance Challenge

NSW Police show their moves at Manly Wharf.

Manly Wharf is the backdrop to NSW Police running-man dance entry.

Jail for real estate boss

Noosaville real estate agent boss will spend 14 months in jail

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog