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A rectangular, cream coloured certificate with red text and details and black type face. Across the top of the certificate is red block text "THE EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION OF / AUSTRALIA" with "19 (NEW SOUTH WALES BRANCH)" in smaller text below the centred word Australia. Between the word Equestrian and Federation is a small representation of Australia with the states and territories marked out. The black type face "INTERMEDIATE" appears below the branch name and below this in large red text is "HORSE SHOW", then "25TH OCTOBER, 1952" in black type face, then finally below this in very large red block text "SECOND PRIZE". Below this text at the bottom of the certificate is a rectangle shape running most of the length of the certificate. Inside this area is the red script "Awarded to" and beside it "MISS E. ROACH" in black type face in the space provided. Below this is the red script "Exhibited by" which has a black dotted line through it. On the blank line below in black type face is "OPEN LADY RIDER -- ON FLAT -- 17 YEARS OF AGE AND OVER". Beneath this on the next two lines with the words in red and the numbers in black type face is "Class No. 33/Catalogue No. 18". In the bottom right hand corner of the certificate is a faint indigo coloured stamp signature that reads "G Somerville" with "HON. SECRETARY" in red block text beneath it. The certificate has some staining and marking.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of documents, photographs, scrapbooks, clothing and other memorabilia from the careers and personal lives of Emma (Emilie) Roach, a well-known and successful equestrian, and her husband John (Jack) Burton, who made several record-breaking drives in motor vehicles across Australia during the 1910s and 1920s.

Born in Narrandera, New South Wales, in 1898, Roach began equestrian competition at the age of 10, and continued through most levels and types of competition, remaining an unpaid amatuer, until her retirement in 1955. Her main competitions and successes were in the show-ring. After Burton and Roach married in 1925, they lived in Sydney for many years and travelled from there to agricultural shows in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland where Roach would compete and Burton worked in motor vehicle sales and writing articles for motoring magazines.

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