Two talented young equestriennes from Margaret River Senior High School, Jessica Ridley and Lily Martin, will head to Victoria to represent their school and state at the Equestrian Australia 2018 Marcus Oldham Australian Interschool Championships next month.
There will be 373 riders and 396 horses from around Australia at the competition, the largest event either of the girls have attended. The primary objective of Equestrian Australia is the development of horse sports from the participation level to the high performance level.
Interschool comprises a competition and educational pathway for young athletes to participate in equestrian sport during their primary and secondary school years.
Disciplines that riders compete in are the Olympic sports of Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing along with the national disciplines of Show Horse, Show Hunter and Combined Training.
Jessica and Lily will be both competing in the Dressage and Show Horse competition, part of the 43 riders representing WA over all disciplines.
The girls were invited to be on the team after successfully competing at the WA State Championships held in Perth in April. Jessica competed with her horse CP Balmain and Lily with her horse Bramley Entourage at the WA event but both riders will be utilising pool horses over in Victoria.
Jessica was selected in the 2017 team that went to Toowoomba, Qld and it is Lily’s first time representing her state at the National Event. Both girls are looking forward to representing their state and making new friends over at the competition.