In a memoir about my grandmother Kathleen (1908 – 2013), her son, my father, wrote that she remarked in an interview that when she was young she would often play golf in the morning and go riding in the afternoon – or go riding in the morning and play golf in the afternoon.

She rode from the stables owned and run by Miss Roach at Prospect, in an interview . Miss Roach was a good friend and Kathleen gave lessons for her to less experienced riders. Kathleen’s favourite horse was a hack named Black Opal. In 1929, when she was twenty-one, Kathleen won a blue ribbon at the Royal Adelaide Show riding Black Opal.

This picture, from the Adelaide Mail of 14 September 1929, is of Kathleen and Black Opal just before the show.

The Woman’s Realm. (1929, September 14). The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 – 1954), p. 21. Retrieved  from

Hack pairs ridden by a lady and a gentleman was won by Misses K. C. Cudmore and E.C.D. Scott’s Black Opal and Lorraine. (RECORD CROWDS SEE RING EVENTS. (1929, September 28). Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 – 1931), p. 8. Retrieved from