Bob and Joyce Brook

Bob & Joyce Brook

The tall, quiet achieving Aussie bloke, Bob was an outstanding Course Designer, judge and administrator in our sport, being a well respected National Selector and Chairman of Jumping NSW in past years. Bob was a committee member of Equestrian NSW for 15 years. He was also Chef d'Equipe for our Australia’s jumping and dressage teams on a tour of New Zealand and one of our most successful team that toured Europe in 1987, competing in what are now the Super League shows of Rome, Hickstead, Aachen and La Baule. The team of Jeff McVean, Kevin Bacon, Vicki Roycroft and Armand Leone won the Nations Cup in Rome, and was 3rd in La Baule against all the top jumping nations. It was indeed a tour to remember.

Joyce was a regular competitor in equestrian sports at a young age and in the 1950’s was instrumental in forming one of the early Pony Clubs in NSW in her home town of Bellingen. She then went on to promote the Pony Club movement throughout the Mid North Coast and was in one of the early groups of people to be accredited as Pony Club Instructors in NSW.

Until Bob’s passing in October 2011, Joyce and Bob regularly officiated throughout NSW and interstate at Royal Shows, horse trials and showjumping events at all levels including schools’ showjumping, pony clubs, agricultural shows and special events such as the showjumping phase of the State, National and world pentathlon Championships. They have been recognised by Equestrian NSW with a special award for services to show jumping and eventing, and are honorary life members of the NSW Showjumping Council, Hawkesbury Agricultural Society and Sydney Showjumping Club, having been members of the Sydney Showjumping club since 1964. Joyce is still an active committee member.

For a number of years Bob and Joyce ran the Horseworld Indoor Stadium at Nelson, outside of Sydney. Before the Sydney Olympic Games, Horseworld was to equestrian sport what SIEC has become today. Not only did it showcase elite level dressage and jumping before keen audiences, thirsty for the best Australia could offer, it gave opportunities to younger riders as well. For many years Joyce and Bob conducted early evening showjumping competitions that allowed riders of all levels to school their mounts and young riders gained valuable knowledge and experience  -not something so easily available in those days.

Today, the Robert and Joyce Brook Trophy recognise the most successful young showjumping rider at the Sydney Royal.

Joyce has also helped train new judges and scorers and her legacy to the sport will continue long after she retires, while Bob has trained and helped many aspiring course builders in achieving their qualifications.

Those who know Joyce are very much aware that she is never one to mince words with riders who come into her arena and is adamant they be suitably and neatly attired and observe showjumping etiquette. Beware the eventer’s Jack Russell that’s strays into Joyce’s arena, but there again with a hint of a smile she could be forgiving of even the most recalcitrant offenders.

Today, at 88 Joyce is still a major contributor to the activities carried out a horse events throughout the greater Sydney area, Joyce can still be seen most weekends judging showjumping competitions and encouraging youngsters in their riding careers.

Joyce and Bob’s contribution to equestrian sport spans more than sixty years.

Joyce Brook accepts her award