‘When I ride my horse, Richmond in the arena, I feel like I am apart of him, I feel like he is apart of me, we go around as though we are one. I like how dressage is a sport that is not age or gender specific. I can go out there and compete alongside someone who is 20 years older or 20 years younger than I am. Dressage is a competitive sport that can be enjoyed at any age. I love the sport because it is something I can do for my whole life. ‘
After two years of begging and pleading with her parents, Melinda Hart traded in her dirt bike for a horse. It took another 13 years before she found her true passion, Dressage. The refined combination of horse and rider, dancing to music is pure harmony and inspiration for Melinda. Whilst raising young children alone, and grieving the loss of her father, alone she developed her 40 acre block from a blank rubbish dump, including digging the trenches for plumbing and drainage, to create 5 star horse accommodation for dressage enthusiasts. Outside of dressage, Melinda is a mother of three, and still rides her dirt bike.
Can single women raising children be highly regarded in the community when their parenting efforts are heavily compromised with the consistent juggle of raising kids whilst developing a successful business to support the passion of the chosen sport?