Bronte’s dream ride against all the odds

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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.

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