During the Finley Show’s grand parade, Ian Mason is usually mounted on his horse as ring master of the horses.
This year, Mr Mason was called to the stage during proceedings where he was bestowed a life membership of the Finley Show Society.
Clearly surprised by the announcement, Mr Mason took the opportunity to reflect on a life time of volunteering for the annual show and thanked the committee for the honour.
Sunday’s announcement means three generations of Mr Mason’s family are now life members.
His father Doug Mason and grandfather Roy Mason were inducted before him, and both served as presidents of the society.
‘‘It has been a privilege serving for the Finley Show Society,’’ the 59 year-old said.
‘‘I don’t have an exact date of when I started because I would always help out my father as a kid going to working bees.
‘‘Some of my fondest memories were stuffing the drums in front of the show jumps and the clean up days with some of the older generation.
‘‘I look around and I see the Hawkins and Pyle families and it was people like Gordon Pyle and Wynne Hawkins who led this Show Society and were an inspiration.
‘‘It’s been a really enjoyable time to be involved in the show.
‘‘I guess we just inherit these roles, but I really do enjoy doing the work.’’
Mr Mason said although horse entries have been on a small decline in recent years, his section still pulls a strong number.
‘‘Many competitors are trying to earn a spot in the Melbourne Show by racking up points.
‘‘Although horse numbers were down I try and get around throughout the day and I noticed great numbers in cattle and overall crowd numbers were impressive.
‘‘The show is important; it’s an opportunity once a year to bring everyone together and it’s a really valuable part of our town.’’