Success in the saddle
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.