TOGETHER AGAIN: Kay Craig, Gail Edser, daughters of Peggy Fryer with Peggy’s niece and ring judge Leonie Crompton.
TOGETHER AGAIN: Kay Craig, Gail Edser, daughters of Peggy Fryer with Peggy’s niece and ring judge Leonie Crompton. Doug Eaton

Family comes full circle at the North Coast National

ONE woman's dedication to the North Coast National Show will live on, even though she passed away five years ago.

Peggy Fryer was a ring marshal for horse events for 37 years and prior to that she was a competitor.

In fact she started competing at the show from the age of about five.

Peggy's two daughters, Gail Edser and Kay Craig were also competitors for about 20 years and both judges back in the 1970's.

Even Peggy's husband, Ray Fryer was involved as a ring steward and supervisor for many years.

After Peggy died in 2008 the family wanted to do something to honour her legacy at the show and with the support of the A&I Show Society, they created the Peggy Fryer Memorial Supreme Champion perpetual trophy which goes to the rider deemed to be the best in the show.

"It was such a big part of our lives," Gail said.

Neither Gail nor Kay have horses anymore, but the family connection continues.

Leonie Crompton is their cousin and Peggy's niece. She was one of the judges involved in this year's competition.

"It's the first time she has judged since mum died," Kay said.

Kay lives in Queensland, but made the trip back to the show to present the trophy and catch up with other family business.

This year's winner of the Peggy Fryer trophy was Adam Oliver from the Gold Coast who also won the supreme champion hack competition.



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