Plenty of rogue and josh in Noosa Women’s Day talk
WENDY Green is a down-to-earth storyteller with a cheeky Aussie sense of humour who won her audience at the Zonta Club of Noosa breakfast for International Women's Day.
The Darwin school teacher came to fame when her horse, Rogan Josh, won the 1999 Melbourne Cup.
The Zonta women roared with laughter at Ms Green's colourful anecdotes and delightful irreverence towards her Cup fairytale.
"When I was looking for a name for my horse I went into Coles to the spice rack, saw the rogan josh and thought that would do," she told the breakfast guests.
Her Melbourne Cup yarns of encounters with sheiks and potential kidnappers enthralled the guests, but the story of an outback christening on her way home to Darwin from the Melbourne Cup celebrations with the gold trophy in the boot of the car, really won the crowd.
"There was a corroboree in Tennant Creek and we stopped and everyone got into the spirit," she said.
"Someone there asked if I would christen their baby and I told them I wasn't a priest and had no holy water.
"They said it didn't matter. There was a bus driver there with a uniform. He would do and they would use Victoria Bitter as the holy water.
"But I had a case of Moet in the car from the Cup celebrations, so we filled the Cup with that and the bus driver said 'In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and of Kerry Packer I hereby baptise this baby. What do you want to call this kid?', and they said Rogan Josh, and they did."