Rodney O’Regan comes from a background of farmers and horses, with grandparents having served in the Light Horse in the First World War.
As a young boy of five, the first present Rodney vividly remembers receiving was a small child’s saddle … the horse came some weeks later after Christmas. When Rodney turned 14, he left secondary school and commenced employment on dairy farms and also worked in outback Queensland as a stockman. In 1963 he purchased his first stock saddle, which he still owns today.
Rodney went on to serve in the Mounted Police and managed to buy a police saddle at auction after a number of them had been condemned, paying a mere $20 for the saddle.
It was at this time that Rodney became inspired to collect all different types of saddles, including western, stock and packhorse saddles. He has also collected saddles for sulkies and drays and a variety of dressage saddles.
There are also Rodney’s prized possessions, which include four military saddles, three of which were made in 1913 and the other in the vicinity of 1930 – all original. Rodney is the proud owner of a rare postilion saddle that was used by horse-drawn artillery roughly between 1880 and 1920. These saddles have to be totally greased and the nickel, brass and chrome polished at least once a year, and when stored, kept away from direct sunlight and heat.
Rodney will be displaying his amazing saddle collection at the upcoming Exhibition & Trading Fair.
Exhibition & Trading Fair
Calling all collectors! Taree Local Collectors Club celebrates its 21st anniversary with an Exhibition & Trading Fair at the PCYC hall in Taree on 28 – 29 April.
Antique dealers and traders will offer for sale a variety of quality collectables and antiques and members will display their exquisite and unique collections.
Mr Barry Collier from Isadora’s Antiques located in Taree will be on site to provide immediate appraisals of treasured pieces. There will be a limit of two items per person, with small fee of $2 per item.
Great raffle prizes will be on offer, with proceeds supporting 28 gymnastics from PCYC in an international festival of gymnastics in Japan in November 2012.
When Saturday 28 April, 9am – 4pm and Sunday 29 April, 9am – 3pm.
Where PCYC Police and Community Youth Club, 95 Commerce Street, Taree.
Entry $4 adults. Under 15 FREE.
Appraiser appraisals of special pieces by Mr Barry Collier from Isadora’s Antiques, Taree. There is a maximum of two items per person for appraisal. Appraiser fee is $2 per item.
1. Official Opening Sat 10am by well-known ABC Mid North Coast radio producer, Wendy Collis.
2. New to the Fair this year is a Lucky Door Prize of $100. Daily draw at 3pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday.
3. Refreshments available all day both days.