Royal win­ner

McIvor Times - - SPORTS - By LACH­LAN DURLING

HEATH­COTE’S Kate Demp­ster has brought home the goods, com­ing away from the Royal Mel­bourne Show with a first and sec­ond plac­ing in two show pony events.

“It’s al­ways been a child­hood dream of mine to com­pete in the Royal Mel­bourne Show,’’ Demp­ster said.

“There is no other feel­ing like it. It’s just amaz­ing.”

This was Demp­ster’s sec­ond year at the show, hav­ing pre­vi­ously com­peted last year in the pres­ti­gious Gee­long, Can­berra and Mel­bourne shows.

Com­pet­ing in th­ese royal shows has been a ma­jor per­sonal achieve­ment for Demp­ster.

“It was my mum who orig­i­nally got me into it all but I wasn’t born into it,’’ she said.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing I’ve achieved I had to work for that’s for sure.

“Win­ning just made all the 5am wake-ups and all those late nights worth it in the end.”

Demp­ster came first in the ‘Novice Show Hunter Pony, over 12.2 hands and not over 13 hands’ sec­tion.

She also came sec­ond in the open ver­sion of the same cat­e­gory, a re­mark­able plac­ing against an open field of com­peti­tors all with vary­ing lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence.

It was a spe­cial re­sult con­sid­er­ing the difficulty in­volved.

Demp­ster cred­ited her re­li­able equine friend ‘Thames­bourne Top Hat & Tails’ for car­ry­ing her, lit­er­ally, to vic­tory at the renowned show in Mel­bourne. But her sup­port cast isn’t lim­ited to her steady pony ei­ther.

“Mum has been my big­gest sup­port for sure, my dad is also up there and also my part­ner too,” she said.

Demp­ster her­self is a prod­uct of the old Heath­cote Pony Club.

She now jug­gles a full-time job as well as hav­ing a small role at the club.

“I’m one of the in­struc­tors at the club teach­ing kids. It’s where I started 14 years ago on the other end (of the teach­ing),” she said.

“I just want to show them that you can go any­where if you work hard for it.”

And work hard she did, wak­ing up even be­fore the crack of dawn, tend­ing to and train­ing her cav­alry be­fore she at­tends her full time job in Heath­cote.

“It re­ally is a life­style not just a hobby,” she said.

Next on the cards for Demp­ster is the Grand Na­tion­als in Sydney, hop­ing she’ll be rid­ing yet an­other win­ner.

Heath­cote’s Kate Demp­ster on her horse ‘Thames­bourne Top Hat & Tails’ at the Royal Mel­bourne Show where she col­lected a first and sec­ond plac­ing.

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