“And of course, all my family and friends, and my amazing support team back at home who are working tirelessly to keep everything going smoothly whilst my husband Jason and I are away for the first time together in 30 years. This could not have happened without every single dynamic aspect,” says Jodie.
“My husband has managed to go on his first international flight, help me prepare to go to the World Championship, supported me through a World Championship… and it still hasn’t been a whole week yet,” she laughs. “I’m so grateful that he was able to manage to get here.”
LOVE OF THE SPORT
Jodie has long been an advocate for the sport in Australia and has organised countless events and clinics; in 2017 she was instrumental in bringing Boyd Exell to Victoria for a multi-day clinic. While she has taken a step back in recent times, she says fellow driver Elizabeth Lawrence has eagerly taken up the reins and started Driving Greenwood International (DGI), a homage to Boyd Exell’s competition committee, Driving Valkenswaard International (DVI). Currently in the pipeline with DGI is a Boyd Exell clinic in January, 2024… watch this space!
“The support from everyone has been unbelievable. It’s been amazing; it’s blown me away. I have just opened up social media and I am in absolute shock and grateful for all the amazing photos, comments and incredible support that has happened following this event. The carriage driving community of Australia and the equestrian community as whole have really smashed it… this is such a positive outcome for carriage driving.
“I’m just excited for this sport to be acknowledged and promoted. That’s my passion; the sport thriving from people’s results and our common love of the horse… at the end of the day we all just love our horses.”
JODIE’S GOAL SETTING FORMULA
Jodie’s winning formula was “just like a bride”, as this was her first time representing Australia.
1. Something old: “Some beautiful antique leather and brass harness from George. My mum, Evanne, visited me in June and luckily she’s a harness maker. We restored the harness back to its original condition, re-dying, oiling and polishing.”
2. Something new: “Some lovely pearls that my georgous friend, Corinne Collins, had gifted one Christmas.”
3. Something borrowed: “Corrine also lent me a driving apron that another hero of mine, Vince Corvi, used when driving Corinne’s ponies at Royal Shows.”
4. Something blue: “I purchased a blue hat at the Yorkshire Agricultural Show that is in a very similar style to the Snowy River hat. This was also a significant factor, as my dad was the man who did the famous scene in the movie. I also purchased a gold one to use at vet check and presentations to honour the Australian green and gold. ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie… Roy, Roy, Roy!’ was a our catch cry.” EQ
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