To Julia Fraser on being voted "Dressage Judge of the Year"
The following article, written by Delwyn Dickey, appeared in the Rodney Times 6/08/09:
Julia Fraser has become the second Warkworth woman in a row to be awarded the Dressage New Zealand Judge of the Year.
Her love affair with horses started the first time she visited London from the family farm in Wales and saw ponies pulling milk carts. It has been an enduring infatuation that has seen her competing, after settling with her family in NZ as a youngster in 1951, at Pony Club and then Federation level. She also started judging dressage in 1970, and while Julia has stopped riding in the past couple of years, she is now one of the country's top List One Dressage Judges. With Dressage Waitemata based largely around the Kumeu area, Julia decided to see if there would be enough interest in starting a subsidiary club after settling in Warkworth 10 years ago. With 36 people turning up at the first meeting the club was soon running. Last year, Warkworth club member, Barbara Vercoe, won the National Award.
Pleased with the recognition for her efforts, Julia also says it is a great achievement for the small club to have two top Judges. Judging can take her all over the country. Julia judged events at Gisborne, Gore and Palmerston North last year, as well as at the Waitemata events at the Woodhill Sands Equestrian Event Centre and elsewhere in Rodney.