While many teenagers are off enjoying beach or river holidays this summer, good mates Abby Pedretti and Ashlee Slavich will probably be shovelling horse poo.CATHY WALKER January 8, 2013 4:10am
Ashlee Slavich and Abby Pedretti with Abby’s chestnut Revin’ It Up, have dreams of making it on the international stage in horse trials.
Abby, 15, from Tallygaroopna and Ashlee, also 15, from nearby Bunbartha are passionate about competing in horse trials.
This May will be one of their pinnacles when they compete for the North Eastern Zone in the Pony Club Association’s Horse Trials State Championships, which will be hosted by the Northern Zone at Deniliquin.
‘‘The jumps aren’t getting bigger but they are getting a lot more technical,’’ Abby said.
The two Shepparton Pony Club members have lots of time to prepare. But you can never have too much practice, or exposure to the experts — especially when the ultimate dream is to ride for Australia.
Which is why Ashlee and Abby will skip the beach to spend a week this month with Beijing Olympian Heath Ryan at his Heatherbrae property, near Newcastle, NSW.
And as ‘‘working pupils’’ they will expect to begin at the ground up — literally.
Mr Ryan, who more recently has specialised in dressage, has been the Australian Three-Day Event Champion three times and has a host of national and international performances and team coaching to his name.
Before that trip, the girls will spend two days this week at a clinic at Mansfield with equally decorated Olympic event riders Amanda Ross and Megan Jones.
They hope the visit to the Ryan stables will give them an understanding of what it’s like to be a working pupil, and is something they’ll be able to repeat in the future.
Both Abby and Ashlee plan to work with horses when they finish school — although as one of their mothers lamented ‘‘their parents are trying to get them to get a career that might earn some money’’.
Two men charged over the armed robbery of a Shepparton service station have been remanded in custody until next week.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Echuca College students Calum Pearson, Luke Judd, Kiriana Epararma, Harriet Nilon, Kyle Melhuish and Stephanie Chong are heading to China.
A former Rochester resident is helping women with their confidence and their horses.
Accusations of bullying, disrespect and dangerous conduct.
And the school's best all-rounder for this year.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
District residents are being invited to enjoy Oktooberfest celebrations at Tooborac Hotel and Brewery.
Momentum builds for the greatest show in Cobram, with young and old expected to lap up family attractions in sunny conditions.
Water users have welcomed the governments' announcement of a $350 million package for new irrigation efficiency programs in NSW, but say water availability is in need of improvement.
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