Bronte’s dream ride against all the odds
LAST week, Nindigully girl Bronte Rigney realised her dream and rode as part of the winning Queensland equestrian team at the 2017 Marcus Oldham Australian Interschool Championships in Toowoomba.
For the past nine months, the Rigney family has supported 11-year-old Bronte in her attempt to qualify for the Queensland team. After lessons with St George riding coach Julie Rogan, Bronte began competing at local shows before finding the interschool competition was what she really enjoyed.
But her plans were thrown into disarray when her big brother, Angus Rigney, was in a serious car crash in July and her parents had to relocate to Brisbane.
Bronte’s mother Sally Rigney said it was the support of family and friends that saved the day and ensured Bronte’s life could continue as normally as possible. Kirsten and Mark Riordan welcomed Bronte and her two horses with open arms to their property at Southbrook so she could train with her cousin Phoebe Riordan.
“We can’t thank the Riordans, dressage coach Helena Shanal and the whole team at Morning View enough for keeping Bronte’s hopes alive,” Mrs Rigney said.
Fairholme College also stepped in to help, she said, accepting Bronte as a day student on just one phone call and welcoming her as the youngest member on its equestrian team.