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Posted by Equestrian Victoria on 29/08/2014.


It was with excitement that all the staff at the Equestrian Victoria office, along with DJWTS event director Deborah MacNicol and Michelle from Kelcey Float Sales, gathered in EV CEO Greg Pratt’s office to call the lucky holder of ticket no. 311.
But disappointment followed when there was no answer, despite several attempts to contact the lucky winner.
Then finally Lauren Jenkins from Apollo Bay answered the phone and Mr Pratt gave her the exciting news that she had won a brand new Stallion Float worth almost $28,000.
The only thing the staff could hear however was Ms Jenkins screaming with excitement and saying, “I have never won anything, except a roast chook in a raffle.”
Having purchased just one ticket for $25 after seeing the raffle when she was looking up details to enter the Masters Games to be held at Werribee Park, Ms Jenkins figured she had nothing to lose.
She works two jobs, as a school nurse and a health care nurse in Apollo Bay, to support her interest in horses, and is a member of the newly formed Apollo Bay and Otway Club Adult Riding Club.
Ms Jenkins owns a couple of horses, including a seven-year-old gelding Red, who she purchased as a three-year-old. After battling with him for a few years, they are now ready to compete.
Her other horse is a three-year-old quarter horse gelding by Tribulation who is ready to be broken in. Ms Jenkins looks forward to doing pony dressage or even western trail with him.
After receiving the call as the raffle winner, Ms Jenkins told Mr Pratt that when she woke up that morning she had told her fiancé, “I am going to win a float today.” He shrugged his shoulders and said, “OK”, not thinking for a minute that she would.
Ms Jenkins later told Kelcey Float Sales owner Michelle, who provided the float for the raffle, that it “was every pony club girl’s dream to own a beautiful float”.
After news spread through social media that Ms Jenkins had won the float, offers to buy her prize started coming in. But the happy winner has no plans to sell and can’t wait to pick up her new float and head to her first competition.

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