Cuttabri rider Anna Fullarton has just returned home from the NSW State Dressage Championships to the news that she has finished top 10 in the state standings.
This is no easy task for a rider who lives 50kms west of Wee Waa and has had to travel on average three to four hours just to get to competitions to qualify for these events.
“This year was the biggest NSW Dressage State Championships ever held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre,” Fullarton said.
Record numbers meant each rider had to qualify with three scores over 68 per cent at each level to be accepted.
“It was a fantastic atmosphere with so many riders and the inclusion of the amateur owner rider classes made the event even larger.
“Unfortunately, my mare Belle got cast in the stable Thursday night and wasn’t 100 per cent for the three days of competition, with some swelling to the hindquarter, but she still managed to score some great marks in a huge field of quality horses.”
Fullarton also received notification from Dressage NSW that she had qualified for a bronze medal at novice level, just missing out on a silver medal by .25 per cent
“I’m really happy considering the mare is only 5 years old and our geographical location,” Fullarton said.
“I grew up in Sydney where you could go to a competition every weekend within an hour’s drive.”