27 July 1950
Ray is a retired trade TAFE teacher, now tour guide who was born in Broken Hill and has lived in the Far West Region for 73 years. Ray’s Far West Champion status is attributed to his involvement as both an athlete and an administrator in the sport of equestrian tentpegging. Ray has been around horses for the majority of his life, competing in the sport for 32 years.
Ray has frequented local, regional, state, national and world championships on many occasions and across several different events. Most notably, Ray is a World Championship team member and an A-grade national judge. He was also elected National President of the Australian Tentpegging Association for 3 years during which time he developed the ATA’s official training program for each and all Tentpegging events for new and junior members and helped in the updating and rewriting of the new rule book. These are testimonies to his extraordinary commitment across three decades of competing. His ability has been recognised internationally, in 1996 and 1998 he was invited by the management of the Indian team to move to India for 6 months to help coach and train their horses and riders.
At the World Championships in 2010, he was invited by the Prince of Pakistan; Prince Malik Atta Khan, now deceased, to go to Pakistan to train his team, give demonstrations and compete in their competitions. Unfortunately, due to work commitments, Ray was unable to accept these invitations. In Australia, Ray has been invited by many Pony Clubs and other horse related clubs to conduct tentpegging schools, including the local Broken Hill Pony club. Ray has conducted these schools in hope of attracting more riders to take up the sport.
While Ray is no longer competing, he is climbing the ranks of the judging system, being invited to become an international judge by attending Judges School in Oman. When he is not Tentpegging, you will find Ray enjoying one of many hobbies; including fishing, pistol shooting, clay target shooting, hunting and expanding his knowledge on the history of the Broken Hill area, or spending time with his wife, two children and two grandchildren.
Ray is inducted into the Far West Sporting Hall of Fame as both an Athlete and General member, recognising his achievements as both a competitor and administrator.
1994 – 2014
1992 – 2014
1992 – 2009
1986 – 2014
1985 – 2015
1985 – 2014
1984 – 1999
1984 – 2012
1983 – 2012