Pony Club Victoria has lost a stalwart with the death of Frances Corry on December 28,
Her funeral was held at Nathalia Uniting Church on Friday.
Miss Corry learned to ride at a young age on her father’s draught horse but polished her skills with some formal training at a Sydney riding school.
It was during a standard workday herd testing at a dairy farm in Nathalia that Miss Corry was encouraged by a colleague to join Northern Zone Pony Club.
‘‘I started riding before I went to school — bareback of course,’’ she once told Country News.
Horse riding was a regular part of Miss Corry’s life and she practised almost daily with her horse, Bluey.
Once described as the ‘backbone of the Nathalia Pony Club’, Miss Corry served with the club for 50 years, but she often eschewed praise and was happy working behind the scenes.
In between her roles at Northern Zone Pony Club and PCAV, Miss Corry was also an instructor at Nathalia Pony Club for more than 40 years and a horse steward and showjumping time keeper for Dandenong Agricultural and Pastoral Society.
Miss Corry died at Echuca following a long illness.