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Local rider a national success

By Southern Riverina News

Finley Pony Club can lay claim to a national champion with local rider Georgia Lunn starring at the Interschool Nationals and the Pony Club Nationals recently.

Along with her horse Clarence Park Flying High, also known as Fly, she has returned from two weeks away in Sydney competing at both events at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre.

Georgia and her teammates were awarded the National Eventing Junior Champions at the Pony Club competition, while Georgia and Fly also were named Reserve Champion National Junior Eventer.

Georgia and Fly placed sixth at the Interschool Nationals.

“It has been a great experience to compete at the Nationals again, this time on my new horse Fly, who I have had for just 12 months,” she said.

“Our first competition was in February this year, so I am really happy with the results we have achieved in such a short time.

“I love eventing, which entails dressage, show jumping and cross country.

“It’s a lot of work to train your horse in all three phases and to have them competition fit, but I love it.

“Sydney wasn’t as far to travel this time, as Toowoomba was the venue two years ago. The facilities were fantastic.

“We had a great team of riders in both events and it was lovely to have my mum, my grandparents, brother and sister there to support me.”

Georgia’s winning streak didn’t end with her riding, she was the lucky winner of a new Arena Jumping Saddle, drawn in the raffle at the Interschool Nationals.

Arriving home from Sydney was also exciting, as the horse Georgia competed on two years ago had delivered a gorgeous colt foal while she was away.

Georgia and Fly are heading to the Albury Wodonga International Horse Trials this weekend where they will compete in the 1* Section, hoping to get their fifth qualifier at this level before moving up to 2*.

Her goal is to compete in the Junior 2* at the Melbourne International 3 Day Event in June next year.