When Ben died it was a real calamity as there were 250,000 orchids, each of which took three years of growth and TLC before they flowered, and 80 aviaries full of parrots to be sold. Times were tough and she had to sell not only the parrots and plants but also her four beloved horses to secure herself financially. Fortunately, she was able to continue with her riding, and soon became attracted to dressage.
It was a lonely time but Ros battled it out and was always willing to lend a hand and help out friends. Living alone and often riding alone, she had a fall and fractured her pelvis. But as if that put her off! She said it was hard enough getting up and standing but even harder to lay down!
It was not long before she realised that to be competitive and to learn more in the sport, she needed a better horse and so purchased Spoody, by Polarschnee, an imported Trakehner stallion and competed to Elementary level with him. She had clinics with Heath Ryan at this time, riding at Yvonne Downes’, an old friend of Heath’s.
Ros met Maurie Bruce and travelled from Dapto to the Neversfelde stud in Berry for weekly lessons. Maurie and Jane had a great competitive team of horses in Neversfelde Kensington, Neversfelde Samoneinen and Neversfelde Feuer. Ros would travel with the Bruce clan and was apparently quite famed for her washer woman skills, airing Maurie’s undies on the back of the truck for all to see! Ros was always the practical joker. Ros trained with Heath Ryan and with Maurie and Jane.
Ros was also involved in organising a fundraiser when Maurie and Jane first headed overseas with Kensington. She made an amazing cake for the occasion, artfully depicting both Maurie and Kensington. Ros also worked tirelessly with the local dressage clubs on the committees and as president of South Coast Equestrian Club.
As her interest in the sport grew, she embarked on becoming an official judge, which she attained with ease and continued on until A Level, the highest she could achieve at her age. Spoody was subsequently sold as a showjumper and continued to be a very good horse for a friend of the Bruces. Sterling Lexington was then purchased and he went on to Advanced. Roz was still judging a lot and was quite passionate about her education and expertise in this field.