Never too old to ride

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

Two Shep­par­ton busi­nesses have got be­hind Tatura rider Caro­line Coleby, who has de­cided it’s never too late to go for your dreams.

JH & Co Ac­count­ing and O’Deas Sad­dlery spon­sored Ms Coleby, from Coleby Eques­trian Tatura, in her quest to com­pete at the Aus­tralian Dres­sage Cham­pi­onships on Oc­to­ber 18 to 21, at Bo­neo Park, Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula.

Shep­par­ton Busi­ness­men Justin Hock­ing and Trevor O’Dea agreed Ms Coleby, 62, was in­spir­ing.

‘‘Caro­line has al­ways worked hard to achieve her goals, of­ten de­spite in­jury and per­sonal hard­ship, and we like to sup­port peo­ple who show that drive,’’ Mr Hock­ing said.

Ms Coleby has a long his­tory with horses in­clud­ing the man­age­ment of studs and eques­trian cen­tres and com­pet­ing when time al­lowed.

‘‘There is gen­er­ally a lot of spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple, but we felt Caro­line was a great role model for older peo­ple be­cause she works hard to stay fit, has over­come plenty of set­backs and is still de­ter­mined to com­pete with the best,’’ Mr Hock­ing said.

Since 1984 Ms Coleby has run her own busi­ness, Coleby Eques­trian, based near Tatura, train­ing horses, and horse and rider com­bi­na­tions.

She also puts back into the sport, hav­ing chaired the Vic­to­rian Dres­sage Com­mit­tee for four years, be­ing on the Board of Eques­trian Vic­to­ria, and be­ing event di­rec­tor for spe­cial events, such as Dres­sage With the Stars at Wer­ribee Park.

By train­ing her two warm­blood horses Jay­bee Don Grande and Jay­bee Al­bion, Ms Coleby has proven be­ing in your 60s is not a sig­nal to slow down and af­ter a bad fall in 2004, when she sus­tained frac­tures and bro­ken ribs, her re­cov­ery has proven re­mark­able.

Never too old: Justin Hock­ing of JH&Co Ac­count­ing and Trevor O’Dea of O’Deas Sad­dlery spon­sored Caro­line Coleby and her horse Jay­bee Don Grande in her quest to com­pete at the Aus­tralian Dres­sage Cham­pi­onships last week­end.

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