Retired racehorse Rock Steady and Victorian police woman Simone Evans claimed five Equestrian medals at this week’s 2014 Australian Police and Emergency Services Games in Melbourne.
Retired racehorse Rock Steady and Victorian police woman Simone Evans proved a solid combination at this week’s 2014 Australian Police and Emergency Services Games in Melbourne.
In one of their first competitions together the pair combined to claim five Equestrian medals — including two Gold, one Silver and two Bronze — across two days of Dressage, Flat Riding, Novelty and Showjumping events.
Representing Victoria Police, the Games success for Evans and Rock Steady comes a little over 12 months since Evans came across the Queensland-bred thoroughbred, who trialled to race under the name You Got Me Rocking.
“The Games are a friendly competition designed to celebrate the camaraderie between police and emergency services but it’s certainly exciting to come away with a few medals,” Evans said.
“Rocky was the star — I think he’s got big things ahead of him.”
A Police Constable at Whittlesea, Evans qualified for the mounted branch of Victoria Police but doesn’t ride at work, saving that for her leisure time.
“I have always been into horses and Pony Club — I spent a lot of time growing up at the Melton Equestrian Academy,” Evans said.
“I had a break from it all about six years ago and then when I got back into riding I started looking to get my own thoroughbred, but I wasn’t in a huge rush as I wanted to make sure it was the right one.
“I saw Rocky advertised on Boxing Day 2012 and then I looked at him early in the new year and as soon as I jumped on him I knew he was the horse I had been looking for.
“He never actually raced — just ran at trials, but he has fantastic breeding and right from that first ride he was very chilled out and willing.
“He’s very easy to ride and he’s also relatively small — he’s only just over 15 hands — which is perfect for me as I’m not the tallest of riders.
“So far he is proving to be a super all-rounder, like most retired racehorses. Â He’s got a great temperament and he’s very trusting, there’s certainly something different about him.”
Following their Games success, Evans and Rock Steady have their eyes set on the Whittlesea Adult Riders Dressage Day and a number of other local competitions.
Sure to be by their side is Evans’ mum Carol Krslin who is her strapper at “all the big events”.
“She’s the perfect strapper because she puts up with me. Rocky’s always very well behaved,” Evans laughed.