I couldn’t quite be­lieve it!

Laura and her pony An­nie show their cham­pion qual­i­ties

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

NANNEELLA’S Laura Dob­son is a cham­pion.

The 15-year-old and her pony An­nie have come home win­ners from the Royal Mel­bourne Show, and the re­al­i­sa­tion is only just set­ting in.

Laura won first place in novice pony 13-13.2 hands, cham­pion novice pony 12.2-14 hands and first place in open pony 13-13.2 hands.

‘‘I couldn’t quite be­lieve it — I was shocked,’’ Laura said.

‘‘To even make it to the Mel­bourne Show was pretty amaz­ing but to come home with three wins is in­cred­i­ble.

‘‘And to be com­pet­ing against pro­fes­sion­als, I didn’t think I had a chance at the open cat­e­gory.

‘‘I just went in it and did my thing, so to come out as the win­ner was in­cred­i­ble.’’

Laura bought An­nie as a two-year-old pony from Ton­gala’s Wyann Stud with her own sav­ings.

Through­out a 12-month pe­riod, she worked with An­nie and broke her in to sad­dle, get­ting her used to life as a rid­ing horse.

Laura’s mum Jodi said a few tears were shed.

‘‘Laura has done a lot of work to get her to the Mel­bourne Show so to come out with the wins was just a bonus,’’ she said.

‘‘It was re­ally nice for her grand­par­ents to be there to see her com­pete as well.

Show horse com­pe­ti­tions fo­cus heav­ily on pre­sen­ta­tion, with judges cri­tiquing a range of ar­eas in­clud­ing man­ners, bal­ance, el­e­gance, light­ness and rhythm.

The next step is to qual­ify for Grand Na­tion­als. ‘‘It is the big­gest and the best,’’ Jodi said.

‘‘Our first chance to qual­ify is on Oc­to­ber 15 in Tatura but there are no ex­pec­ta­tions.’’

Laura Dob­son won three events at the Royal Mel­bourne Show with her pony An­nie.

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