Oh it’s a Heavenly Paradise at the Equestrian Comp

Astride a horse with a name that means ‘Heavenly Paradise’, you get a feeling that Robina Plume-Fowler-Dreon is basking in the
Alice Springs Masters Games experience.

Plume-Fowler-Dreon and her beloved friend and teammate Paradee Capella, aka ‘Pip’, have become equestrian’s resident celebrities. And they have every right to be as the senior competitors in the equestrian events at Blatherskite Park, south of the ranges.

It was an exhilarating morning yesterday for the 76-year-old who is the oldest entrant in the competition.

“I’m on top of the world,” she beamed.

The long-time Katherine resident and self-styled bush rider has become very much the all-round rider at the Masters Games.

She started as a western specialist, but every year since 2002 she has endeavoured to become the complete rider.

Plume-Fowler-Dreon has competed in the full card of events in the Games.

The Masters Games equestrian event, run by the independent Alice Springs Equestrian Management Group, is the largest event of its type.

There are 64 events during the week covering different aspects including harness, show jumping dressage and novelties.

There are 55 riders and 77 horses competing, and most are contesting as many events as possible.

Riders have come from Charleville, Mt Isa, Victoria, South Australia, Darwin and Katherine, as well as a good local contingent.

Pilot Kathleen Davies is based in Vietnam and flew in especially for the Games. Her horse was trucked up from Balhannah, South Australia.

For those wanting to check out the action, the popular and spectacular show jumping is on tomorrow afternoon and into the evening under lights in a dedicated area at Blatherskite Park. The show jumping will continue on Friday.