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.By Cathy Walker
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’’.
The cause of a house fire at a vacant Shepparton house yesterday morning is under investigation.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
A small kitchen fire in Campaspe Community Children’s Centre caused the centre to be briefly evacuated this afternoon.
More residents coming forward to make official complaints is behind a rise in assaults in the Campaspe region, according to police.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Reigning Murray Valley Cricket Association premier Strathmerton was far too good for Finley on Saturday, registering a 115-run victory.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Christmas is a time of giving and UnitingCare Cobram has joined forces with Target to ensure no stocking is left empty this festive season.
The official launch of the Murray Valley Industry Park facility today will see the announcement of the Deni Innovation Expo 2014 date.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
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