Gloucester stockman Kelvin Gregory’s ‘have a go’ frame of mind and refusal to cling up his using boots at the age of 78 has landed him a starring function in a shorter film series titled ‘Anything But Retired’.
The third period in the Fearless Films franchise by Feros Treatment and Screenworks Australia files the lives of 5 seniors who are hard conventions, smashing stereotypes and creating bold contributions to society.
Kelvin’s love of campdrafting and his dedication to holding the fantastic Australian sport alive sees him dedicate his time to schooling younger riders, while concurrently imparting critical lifetime lessons.
“There is certainly a particular total of self-discipline that goes with it – you’ve got received to carry you, you’ve received to seem soon after your pony, you have bought to be presentable,” Kelvin tells filmmaker Anne Keen, co-founder of Treechange Films and journalist at the Gloucester Advocate.
“Campdrafting is an offshoot of our day-to-day lifestyle in this article on the land. Learning it is no diverse to an apprenticeship at a shop in city.”
Kelvin grew up on the coastline, reared as a fisherman and boatman, but it was the land he cherished so he observed a job on a dairy farm and he is still there much more than 60 years later.
“She was the dairy farmer’s daughter,” Kelvin reported of his wife Marie.
“I was taken in by her great spouse and children, not being aware of she would a single day be my wife.”
The pair now personal the property in addition a few of neighbouring ones the place they operate 350 cattle and hold 15 horses.
“We’ve been blessed to mature up with horses,” Kelvin said.
“It’s a wonderful matter simply because you can be your self with a horse.
“You can just go for a ride and sit down and have a yak and discuss about issues you would in no way speak about at the dinner desk. You can allow it all arrive out.”
It’s this bond with horses that Kelvin and Marie wanted to pass on and although they have no little ones of their own, they’ve opened their 5-bed room, switch-of-the-century homestead to 50-odd youngsters around 40-one thing several years.
“My wife and I have been fortunate to journey Australia and be portion of the great community that will come with rodeo and campdrafting,” Kelvin explained.
“I noticed a ton of young ones who just needed a very little faucet along, a very little hand up.
“We acquired included in what we call the junior rodeo and it’s been going for nearly 40 many years now and we are nevertheless using youngsters in,” he said.
“Some have stayed with us in a single way or an additional above their life span, some we don’t hear from a lot but each 1 of them has at the very least offered us a phone phone at some phase of their lifestyle.”
Absolutely nothing makes Kelvin prouder than viewing one particular of ‘his kids’ saddle up one particular of his ponies and contend in a campdraft .
He explained it can be not about successful, it’s about ‘having a go’. It can be an frame of mind he’s had all his life and a single that Anne preferred to capture in the film.
“Kelvin’s drive to get up every single morning and educate the youthful era all he knows is admirable,” Anne claimed.
“I hope observing his commitment and willingness to instruct and share his understanding with some others will make folks assume two times about judging a person for the reason that of their age and alternatively get to know the human being,” she mentioned.
“I wanted to be included in the Fearless Films project because it worries how men and women feel, which is what drives my filmmaking.
“We can learn a ton from our elders so it really is critical to give them a system.”
For Kelvin and his wife Marie, remaining busy is element and parcel of residing on the land.
I love to wake up in the early morning in time to see the sun rise and know I have lasted a different working day,
“I appreciate to wake up in the morning in time to see the solar rise and know I’ve lasted a further day,” Kelvin claimed.
“When you stay in the country you get the job done 24/7 – there’s usually a cow that demands attending to or a fence that needs correcting or a little bit of land that desires some TLC.
“The final 18 months have been really challenging. We had the drought, we had the fires, we experienced the floods and then alongside arrives COVID,” he reported.
“But everyday living will go on and the birds will sing yet again, the sunshine will arrive up tomorrow and we’ll go all over again.”