IF Ray and Nola Holden didn’t spend time travelling around to cutting horse competitions they wouldn’t know what to do.
The Wodonga couple will participate in this week’s Victoria Futurity in Elmore, after having competed in events in Tamworth and Toowoomba earlier this year.
To make the travel a little easier, the pair purchased a gooseneck horse trailer three years ago – their home away from home.
It is complete with a kitchenette, double bed, table and booth, bathroom and a section at the back designed to hold up to four horses.
“We are roughing it, can’t you see,” Mr Holden said.
“It has done about 50,000 miles and fits everything into it.”
Mr Holden has been competing for about 30 years and said the growing sport has taken him to places he never expected.
“It is a pretty exciting sport and lots of effort goes into training the horses and if you win there is a lot of credit for you,” he said.
“We go to America every year, we have a son over there who is competing and he is one of the top non professionals in America.
“I have competed over there in a non pro challenge, they used to have a competition between America and Australia over there.”
The 70-year-old said he grew up on horses and said he would continue riding until he was no longer capable.
“I will keep on going till the day I can’t ride,” he said.
“I was born on a horse and will die on a horse.”