Lindsey riding high in the saddle
ENDLESS hours of hard work were converted to tears of joy when Lindsey Blanch found out she'd qualified for the 2015 Australian Grand National Hack Championship.
The 14-year-old was named Reserve Champion in Rider class at the Northern NSW Hack Championships in Lismore. It meant she will contest the event at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre in March on her hack Dicavalli Royal Gustav, who stands at 16.1 hands high.
For her achievements Lindsey was voted the Jetts Fitness Junior Sportsperson of the Month for July.
What makes the feat so incredible is the short time the Year 8 Clarence Valley Anglican School student and "Gus" have been working together.
The big five-year-old horse was a Christmas present last year and in the hack world is "still a baby". Few expected the pair rise through the ranks as rapidly as they have.
"I want to thank my instructor Leanne Rose," Lindsey said.
In Rider class competitors are judged on how effectively they control their horse and their own body position.
Not content to just qualify for rider class, Lindsey is off to the Royal Queensland Show this Friday in the hope she will qualify for the Hunter class.
As the July winner, Lindsey now goes into the running for Clarence Valley Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year, which will be named at the Clarence Valley Sports Awards presented by The Daily Examiner and Grafton Shoppingworld at South Services Club on November 14.
Lindsey finished just one vote ahead of indoor cricketer Amy Riddell, who was recently part of the champion NSW Cyclones Under-17 and named in the honorary Australian side.