Tweed woman’s love of horses recognised
KIM Jackson, the president of Tweed Valley Equestrian, has been recognised for her contribution to the equestrian community in the Northern Rivers.
Ms Jackson was named a finalist at the recent Volunteer of the Year Awards, held at Loganholme by Dressage QLD Equestrian.
She is in her 18th year of service on the committee and has assisted at countless dressage competitions and training events held at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds.
"I organise all the events, I judge competitions, I do scoring, I set up the arenas, I pull down the arenas, I have my finger in a lot of things! I really love it.
"I just have to give back to the sport and that helps other members to come and get a good taste of dressage and to compete. Volunteering also helps the sponsors, which we have a few good ones around the area including South Coast Automotives, and Tweed Equestrian Saddlery, Dunloe Sand and Earth Moving Murwillumbah."
Dressage is a competitive equestrian sport in which rider are judge on their ability to manoeuvre their horse with skill and grace through an arena. "It originally came from the cavalry because of the training of the horse because the horse has to do what you ask and the horse has to do what you ask." She said.
Ms Jackson hard work has fostered the talent of many local riders at the club who have gone onto state and national level competition including Keighley Leeson, Gwen Paddon and Danielle Raynorswift.
When the Burringbar resident is not busy helping out at the showgrounds she competes on her two warm bloods - Vogue and Celeste.
"I'm starting to prepare for competition season, which will be a three month period starting from April through to late October," she said.
Dressage events held at Murwillumbah Showgrounds by the Tweed Valley Equestrian Group attract riders from Coffs Harbour through to the Sunshine Coast.
Training will begin in March, main competition will start in April and two day dressage championship will be held in August.
Visit the Facebook page for Tweed Valley Equestrian Group or their website for more information.