THE first female member of a country Victorian racing club committee is a homegrown Mildura girl.
Nanjing Night Net

Kirsten James has been a member of the Mildura Racing Club committee for the past 12 years.

She started out with a shetland pony when she was five years old on the family property at Koorlong.

Jimbo and Kirsten went through the pony club ranks for a few years until it was time for a bigger horse and a bigger challenge.

Kirsten progressed in her chosen sport of show riding and had several different partnerships with horses throughout her junior dressage career.

“Show horses are the ones that are featured on the main arenas of the shows around the country with the best known show horse event being the Gary Owen Trophy held at the Royal Melbourne Show,” Kirsten said.

“Being involved in the Mildura Racing Club (MRC) committee has been a fantastic experience for me over the last 12 years.

“We’re a hands on and ‘for the good of the club’ committee – there’s no elitism here – last week I dressed in a horse costume and had kids chasing me through the city mall,” she laughed.

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Passion: Mildura Racing Club committee member Kirsten James, pictured above, has been involved with horses since she was just five years old.

Kirsten James with this year’s Mildura Cup Face of the Races Brooke Lindsay. Picture: Luke Birch

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