Suc­cess in the sad­dle

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE -

CARRAMAR Year 12 stu­dent Isabella Lawrence was just a year old when she first jumped into a sad­dle.

Now she and her Spring­brook Reg­gae horse Hastie have topped the Eques­trian WA Event­ing Mas­ter Se­ries leaderboard for 2017 in the EvA80 ju­nior class.

Lawrence also won the Sad­dles Plus In­ter­school Cham­pi­onship in event­ing.

“I’ve al­ways grown up around horses,” the St Stephen’s School stu­dent said.

“My mum bought my first pony when I was born, called Boswell, then at the age of one she sat me on my pony and used to lead me around – from then on I’ve al­ways rid­den horses.”

Lawrence ’s ca­reer be­came more com­pet­i­tive when the fam­ily wel­comed Hastie.

“He is an ex­cep­tional horse,” she said.

“I trained him as an even­ter, which con­sists of dres­sage, show jump­ing and cross coun­try.”

Lawrence trains six days a week and goes to com­pe­ti­tions on the week­ends.

“In sum­mer, I ride early morn­ings be­fore school so I have time af­ter school to get my home­work done, then come win­ter I have to ride af­ter school and sit up to 10pm some nights do­ing home­work,” she said.

The “tir­ing” sched­ule means she will hang up the sad­dle for a while as she fo­cuses on her Year 12 stud­ies.

Isabella Lawrence on her ‘ex­cep­tional’ horse Hastie.

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