A horse lover, for life

Rosslyn Richardson has always had a great relationship with horses. Born in Gumeracha, a town in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Ros grew up on the family farm and spent most of her time in the paddocks with horses.

“There were a few years where I lost contact with my horses. When I went away to school as we did in those days, I had very little contact with horses”, she said.

After Ros finished school she studied nursing at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, got married and had two children. So for quite a while, the only contact she had with her beloved horses was when she would visit the farm.

Ros and her husband bought their first property at Yatala Vale. There she had horses and ponies, and some of her friends kept their horses there as well. This enabled Riding for the Disabled Australia to operate their program on Ros’ property, of which she assisted with.

In the seventies Ros served some time as President of Pegasus Pony Club and subsequently joined the Board of Equestrian SA and became the inaugural chairman of the Coaching Council - a position she held for 10 years.

During this time Ros completed the Equine Studies course at TAFE to assess its suitability for the industry and subsequently lectured in the subject.

“I was involved in the 1986 World Championships at Gawler as a member of The Friends of Gawler as well as the organising committee, of which I was awarded Life Membership”, she said.

When this event moved to Adelaide and became the Adelaide International Horse Trials, the Friends of Gawler became The Equestrian Support Hub (of which Ros is still chairman) and she also served on the AIHT board until 2004.

In 2005 she was persuaded to run the Gawler Horse Spectacular which included every discipline from tent pegging to Pony Club International Games championship.

After this she continued to run their agistment property and coach.

In 2013 she was approached to chair the Naracoorte Horse Trials (where every Australian Olympian had ridden) which she did for four years until The National Young Riders Championship was re-established.

In 2016 Ros and her husband Peter bought a house in the idyllic Elliot Gardens village, and relocated last October. And while they were sad to leave their property and lifestyle, they are still involved with horses through the work of their children.

“Our son hosts the Two Wells Pony Club one-day event on his property and our daughter is involved in the Naracoorte Canoe Tree and Lockington Events, and she is also a being a member of the Equestrian South Australia committee and a state selector”, she said.

But Ros and her husband are thoroughly enjoying their new lifestyle and love the fact that they don’t have to worry about the big things anymore.

“Our new lifestyle is great! We can participate in so many activities as we like, or we can choose to do as we please. The flexibility of village life is wonderful”, she said.

“We have both joined the Elliot Gardens golfing group and travelled to Port Fairy for golf, as well as travelled to Point Turton with the Anglers for a fishing trip. We’ve also agreed to play bowls, which we’ve never done before”, she said.

In most recent news, Ros is now the chairman of the Catering committee at Elliot Gardens, and Peter has just joined the Residents Committee.

They are both looking forward to many happy years at the village.