CLOSE KNIT: Women of Warwick guest speaker Christine Bradfield (front, left) was supported by her fun loving family including grandmother Millie Mullins, sisters Pauline Pickering and Maryanne Driver, mother Maureen Dunn and daughter Amy Bradfield.
CLOSE KNIT: Women of Warwick guest speaker Christine Bradfield (front, left) was supported by her fun loving family including grandmother Millie Mullins, sisters Pauline Pickering and Maryanne Driver, mother Maureen Dunn and daughter Amy Bradfield. Jayden Brown

Family ties shared at Women of Warwick breakfast

FROM the moment she could walk and talk, Christine Bradfield was on the back of a horse.

The horse-loving, born-and-bred local shared the story of her humble beginnings with the Women of Warwick breakfast yesterday.

As she flicked through a slideshow of photos from childhood through to present day, Mrs Bradfield spoke about her family, her connection with horses and how she made her way.

From the tight-knit Mullins-Dunn families, the Warwick horsewoman recounted the many joys of her family's passion for horses.

From dancing on horses, to balancing on a horse as it stood on a see-saw, Mrs Bradfield has done a lot.

"We were performers from when we were very little," she said.

"We were very well rounded.

"We did square dancing, and then grandad decided we could do that on horses too."

Along with sisters Pauline, Carmel and Maryanne, Mrs Bradfield excelled at horse sports, particularly showjumping.

" Pauline and I got selected to go to Germany to compete," she said.

"The showjumping World Cup was on in those days - I got a sixth placing in the World Cup."

Her parents Maureen and the late Tom Dunn were very involved in the community, something Mrs Bradfield has carried on with.

In 1985 she was crowned Miss Warwick Motorsport, following it on in 1986 with Miss Warwick Showgirl - a title also won by her daughter Amy this year.

While she's less active on horseback these days, Mrs Bradfield is a tireless volunteer, event organiser and a riding teacher.

"I still have far too many horses and not enough people to ride them," she said.

"These days I'm chief video taker, rail picker-upper, and I enjoy watching my girls and what they've achieved."

Pauline also shared with the crowd at the breakfast, talking about some of the accomplishments of her family.

"What a lot of people don't know about Christine is her incredible kindness," she said.

"She'll take 15 horses to a show, all perfectly prepared, just so the kids have something to ride.

"What she does is life changing and she gets it from our parents."

Pauline spoke of her parents volunteering with St Vincent De Paul, including sharing their home with foster children and the dinner table with people who were down and out.

Her take home message was simple, each of us makes some difference in the world in our own way.

"My family is not unique or amazing, each of us in our own way makes a difference in the world," she said.



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