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Posted by Equestrian Queensland on 25/05/2022.

Volunteer Thank U Series with Christine Tasker

Our Equestrian Queensland (EQ) Volunteer Thank U Series features each Month in the EQ e-news and on the EQ website and social media pages.

The series provides an opportunity for peer to peer recognition and to introduce dedicated volunteers from our equestrian community. We look forward to sharing experiences of volunteers, while encouraging others to join in volunteering in equestrian activities.

Congratulations to those who all received a certificate with their nomination last month.

This month we asked Christine Tasker from Rockhampton Equestrian Group Inc (REGI) what being a Volunteer means to her (see below EQ Volunteer Thank U Q&A).

To nominate and thank a volunteer, follow the link below. 

EQ Volunteer Thank U Nomination

To register and get involved in Equestrian Sport as a volunteer, visit our Volunteering webpage.


with Christine Tasker

  1. How did you first become involved in equestrian sport?
    I was one of those kids who was born “horse mad”, who knows why?  I came from a very non horsey family but spent the first thirteen years of my life wanting nothing but a horse and finally my parents got me one.  I started my riding at the Black River Pony Club in Townsville with Lucinda Dyason who was chief instructor at the time. I’ve had horses ever since.

  2. What moment in equestrian sport are you most proud of?
    I competed at the Australian Dressage Championships at Carrara on the Gold Coast in 1998 which included the FEI World Dressage Challenge. I rode my dinky little thoroughbred ex race horse from Rockhampton in the prelim and novice classes.  We placed fifth in two of our classes and got to be part of the presentations.  I remember being thrilled to be riding around in the company of such amazing horses and riders.

  3. What is your most memorable experience as a volunteer? 
    I was one of the founding members of the Townsville Dressage Club back in the early 80s, it’s great to see the Club still going strong after all these years.  Last year I got a group of people together and reformed the Rockhampton Equestrian Group.  We have achieved some pretty amazing things in the past 15 months, way more than anyone would have imagined possible.  We started from nothing and now have a membership register of just over 130 and still growing. As well as running 15 competitions, we’ve hosted an EA Dressage Judges Seminar, an EA Course Designer Workshop, assisted in running an Interschool Come and Try Day and held numerous schools and training days.  Last year we received $18,000 from the Community Gambling Benefit Fund to purchase a couple of dressage arenas and a purpose-built trailer to store/carry them on.  It’s great to see what can be done with a bit of enthusiasm and motivation.

  4. What is one tip you have for others involved in equestrian sport?
    Next time you’re at an event, remember the huge amount of work that went into the planning and running of the day by some truly dedicated people and be thankful for the volunteers who made it possible.

  5. What advice would you provide others to get involved as a volunteer?
    They say it takes a village to raise a child, if everyone can come together and lend a hand, even in a small way, equestrian clubs will continue to thrive, if you can help, please do so.


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