“These clinics would give Vince confidence and confirmed that what he was saying about training back at home was right. And we’d pick the eyes out of what we saw and heard.”
Of course, many of these recent masterclasses featured warmblood horses. “There’s so much thoroughbred in the warmblood now and they’ve become entrenched in dressage. Vince and I showed only a few, one was a brown gelding about 15.2hh. The biggest win we had with him was Reserve Champion hack at Melbourne. Vince called him Harmonic; I can’t remember his breeding.
“Right now, I’m working with one preparing it as a Show Hunter. The classes here are very different to the British Hunter classes. There’s a tendency in this country to concentrate on the ‘show’ as opposed to the ‘hunter’!
“These days I only have four horses in my yard. When Vince went to God I went to Morayfield about 20 minutes from where we were in Elimbah. Working with me is Ruth Herridge. She’s a wonderful help not long retired from a banking career. One of the horses is a client’s, one’s mine and two are Margaret Beggs’.”
Older riders will recognise that name. This somewhat eccentric horsewoman, and Tamie Fraser’s first cousin, has been on the Australian equestrian scene for decades owning both hackneys and hacks. She is now in her early 80s. “I used to help with her shopping when I lived in Elimbah,” says Terry. “She now has a wonderful angel assisting her.”
Ms Beggs’ outfit of choice has always been a pair of King Gees paired with a sturdy belt and a Yakka shirt, but she was dressed in more formal attire when attending Vince’s memorial service at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre. “She is a wonderful character and was always very, very good to me in the past.”
And the future – what does it hold for Terry Cowan? “I want to continue training and helping people. I have pupils at all levels. Some are showies, others are riding dressage, such as a woman who I’ve taught since she was at Novice and is now about to compete at Inter 1.
“I’m driving single harness horses, helping out other drivers and, of course, you’ll still see me at shows.” Terry recently visited Canberra Royal to present the Vince Corvi Memorial Cup for Geldings Showing Thoroughbred Qualities. “And when we’re all allowed out again, I’ll be giving some interstate clinics. Thank you, Equestrian Life, for bringing to the surface so many of my memories.”