A love of horses
From the bush to the show ring
Neale Lavis was born in Murwillumbah, north eastern New South Wales on 11 June 1930. He spent his earliest years on a banana plantation, before his family moved to a dairy farm at Bodalla, on the far south coast of New South Wales. Neale rode in his spare time, mustered cattle and competed in equestrian events at local shows. In April 1957, Neale won the first three-day event held in Australia at the Sydney Royal Show.
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This online feature is written by Carol Cooper, Senior Curatorial Fellow, National Museum of Australia. Horses in Australia is part of the National Museum's People and the Environment program. Discover more stories about people's relationships with Australia's natural and built environments on our People and the Environment website.