QUEEN'S HONOURS | Rossmore's Janet Muspratt honours parents with OAM

Deserving honouree: Janet Muspratt, with one of her trusty carriages, is the recipient of an Order of Australia Medal. Picture: Simon Bennett
Deserving honouree: Janet Muspratt, with one of her trusty carriages, is the recipient of an Order of Australia Medal. Picture: Simon Bennett

"Thank you for thinking I was worthy."

Janet Muspratt, 72, doesn't know who nominated her for an OAM, but she's honoured someone thinks she's led a life worthy of recognition.

The Rossmore resident is one of hundreds of Australians to receive an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

She was recognised for her service to horse sports, especially carriage driving.

"I couldn't believe it when I received the note," Ms Muspratt said. "I just thought that were heaps of other people who were more deserving of this than me.

"I always thought my parents were the kind of people who should have received honours like this. I suppose in a way I'm accepting this OAM for them."

Ms Muspratt said her parents were community-minded people who passed on that generosity of spirit to their daughter as she grew up in Quirindi.

"My Mum and Dad were very caring people, they just did so much for others. They definitely instilled that community-mindedness in me."

Ms Muspratt has lived in Rossmore for 40 years and has been involved in the horse community her whole life.

She spent many years working with the Riding for the Disabled Association of NSW, teaching people with a range of disabilities to drive carriages.

"I never thought that they couldn't drive. I'd just put the reins in their hands and let them take it from there.

"Working with the RDA was totally rewarding - I've taught people who are blind or in a wheelchair. I had a very successful time with the RDA."

Ms Muspratt has been involved with the Australian Carriage Driving Society for decades and still publishes their Whip Around newsletter for the NSW branch.

She has competed in and judged carriage driving competitions across Australia ("I've always loved getting to know the people and I've always been an animal lover"), including the Camden Show.

Ms Muspratt has also been the secretary of The Hills District Harness Club (which covers most of Sydney) since 1978.

She's now preparing to adjust to life with those three extra letters at the end of her name.

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