Fitting farewell for Tweed-Gold Coast horseman
A unique funeral service was held yesterday at Pioneer Country for Barry Masterton, whose horse drawn carriages took many brides on the Tweed and Gold Coast to be married.
Mr Masterton's coffin was carried to the chapel at the South Tweed Australiana heritage venue in a antique reproduction hearse pulled by two Arabian geldings.
The black-and-gold hearse was imported from Prague in the Czech Republic for the Sullivan family's private collection of horse-drawn carriages.
The Sullivan family has owned the Pioneer Country property on Fraser Drive for more than 100 years.
Driving the hearse was Cassandra Wanless of Neranwood, who worked with Mr Masterton for 15 years.
Mr Masterton, who lived at Gilston on the Gold Coast, passed away last week after a short battle with cancer. He was 64.
He drove carriages for many weddings at Pioneer Country.
Mr Masterton was a familiar identity at the Gold Coast Show, where he served billy tea and damper, often dressed in heritage clothes.
He was well-known among horse lovers throughout the region.
He is survived by his partner Margaret, ex-wife Barbara and sons Robert, Collin and Philip.