Crew sets sights on world stage

Bronze in Qld C’ships opens way for lo­cal rider

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - by PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

PORT Dou­glas eques­trian com­peti­tor Mor­gaine Crew is on track to re­alise her dream of com­pet­ing on the world stage af­ter pick­ing up a bronze medal at the Queens­land Showjump­ing Cham­pi­onships held at the Cairns Show­grounds re­cently.

Mor­gaine, 12, came third in her age group for the jump height class of 80cm to one me­tre.

But be­fore Mor­gaine and her mount Lachy could com­pete in the cham­pi­onships, the pair had to qual­ify for up to 12 months prior to the com­pe­ti­tion which meant com­pet­ing in a num­ber of other events and gain­ing a set amount of points to al­low them to par­tic­i­pate in the state cham­pi­onships.

Mor­gaine, who has been rid­ing since she was seven years of age and has been a mem­ber of the Moss­man Pony Club for the past four years, said she was thrilled win­ning bronze at the ti­tles.

Her big­gest dream is to one day com­pete in one of the big­gest com­pe­ti­tions, the world cham­pi­onships.

“To be able com­pete in the world cham­pi­onships and with Lachy, my pony, would be fan­tas­tic,” Crew said.

“I’m so amazed at Lachy, he tries his hard­est in ev­ery­thing and does me proud. “I wouldn’t swap Lachy for the world.” Crew was one of 150 com­peti­tors who trav­elled from as far afield as Bris­bane to com­pete. Dur­ing the same week of com­pe­ti­tion, the Re­gional FNQ Showjump Club held its end- of-sea­son cham­pi­onships where Mor­gaine and Lachy again stepped up and took out first place.

For Mor­gaine this has been an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of 12 months of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to her pony, Lachy, and the next step for the pair is to step up to the na­tion­als next year, which she has now qual­i­fied for.

RAIS­ING THE BAR: Mor­gaine Crew and her mount Lachy

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