Never too old to ride
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.