Fairytale ending for young equestrian star
WINNING one National title at the Australian Interschool Championships is an achievement in itself, but for young horse rider Amilia Schooley, winning two national titles was a complete fairytale.
Amilia has been riding horses for most of her life with a lot of help from her mum Kylie.
At the interschool championships she competed for Fairholme College in riding, showjumping, dressage and eventing.
Amilia grew up in the Hawkwood area just outside Mundubbera.
She was selected to ride on two horses at the national level, Grande Exito (Alfie) in one star eventing and Cil Dara Carlsberg in the EVA 80cm class.
In early October Amilia and her mum, Kylie, drove to Werribee near Melbourne.
Her dad Simon also flew down to watch her compete.
The national competition ran over three days.
On the first day Amilia rode both of the horses in a dressage test.
"Alfie achieved 67 percent in his higher level test, a personal best for them and this put them into second place, Carlsberg achieved a whopping 79 percent, another personal best and this put them into equal first position, we were so excited," Kylie said.
On the second day Amilia competed in the cross Country event.
Kylie said the Werribee course was an international level course and very challenging.
"Neither horse or Amilia have ever competed on this course before, incredibly she rode both horses clear over all jumps, and also within the time allowed," she said.
At the end of the second day both horses were in clear first place.
The third day of competition was showjumping.
"If either horse knocked any rails or had time faults, she would lose her first place," she said.
Kylie said Carlsberg jumped first and jumped a lovely clear round, then later in the day, Alfie, jumping much bigger jumps also jumped a clear round.
She said when Alfie cleared the last jump it was a complete fairytale.
"So Alfie (Grande Exito) is National Interschool Champion in 1 star eventing and Carlsberg (Cildara Carlsberg) is National Interschool Champion at EVA 80cm eventing," Kylie said.
Alfie also received the award for highest placed Off the Track Thoroughbred horse from Racing Australia.