Dale Mason held back tears as she described just how honoured she felt last Thursday.
That was because the previous night she was announced as a Narrabri and District Pony Club life member.
Mason has been a member of the Narrabri and District Pony Club for 33 years, and since 1988 has volunteered her time as a dorm matron.
The role of a dorm matron is simple in theory - they are the volunteers who complete the role of looking after the children in one dorm.
While it might sound simple it is a very important role.
Since 1993 Mason has looked after the 16-year-old girls dorm, and said that during that time she has seen daughters of previous Pony Camp kids come through, which she said was quite amazing to witness.
Mason said that she was honoured to receive such a prestigious honour.
She had found out before Wednesday night that she would receive the award, and she said that she could not believe it.
“When they first told me I was in shock,” Mason said.
“Then I thought about it and I thought ‘what an honour, what an absolute honour’.
“I’m very humbled by this award.
“Everyone tells me that it was well-deserved, but I don’t think I did anything out of the ordinary.
“I do what I do for the kids, I want to stress that, yes I volunteer, but there would be no pony camp without all the kids.
“Pony camp is run by volunteers, and I’m just a volunteer.”