After nearly 40 years of association with one of the Ekka’s oldest competitions, showjumping, Ron Easey was crowned the 2022 Ekka Legend at the President’s Reception on August 9.

Mr Easey has competed at the Ekka’s showjumping events since 1984, where he has excelled and repeatedly won Champion Showjumping Rider of Queensland.

The Ekka showjumping competition serves as a trial for many competitors seeking selection in the Australian Olympics.

Ron did just that in 2000, winning at the Royal Queensland Show first, and then making the Sydney Olympics team that year.

RNA President David Thomas said the Ekka Legend award was bestowed on those who had made a remarkable contribution to the Show.

“Not only has Ron been an outstanding competitor in the Ekka’s showjumping events, he has also made a remarkable contribution to the broader Show movement both within Queensland and nationally,’’ Mr Thomas said.

“Ron has been a mentor and coach to many young riders, serving as an important role model exemplifying the highest traditions of the sport.

“We honour and thank Ron Easey for his incredible and invaluable contribution to the Royal Queensland Show over many, many years.’’

The Ekka Legend award was introduced in 2004 and just 16 people have been bestowed the RNA’s most prestigious honour.