Rider jumps for joy on new horse
WHEN she first climbed on a horse 10 years ago, Emily Slade's life changed forever.
She developed skills and exuded talent, her confidence growing as she rode, but when her horse fell sick in 2007, Ms Slade lost that confidence.
It was Warrego Firefly, a chestnut mare, born and bred at the Warrego Warmblood Stud in Warwick, that got the Gold Coast showjumper back in the ring.
As she flew around the Warwick Show arena at the weekend, her confidence was well and truly back intact.
"I bought Warrego Firefly from here around June last year," Ms Slade said.
"She is seven years old. She is really quite sweet and honest. She has given me all of my confidence back.
"She also has a twin brother who is a dressage horse," she said.
After a two-year break from competing, Ms Slade was pleased to be back in the ring doing what she does best.
"This is my first time at this show so it's good to be able to do it where my horse came from," she said.
Ms Slade competed in the 80cm and 90cm classes on Saturday.
"In the 80cm everyone that got a double clear round won, and I was one of them, but I knocked one rail down in the 90cm."
"There were lots of little sharp turns on the course, but I really enjoyed myself," she said.
Ms Slade rode against David Goodwin, who trained Warrego Firefly.
She said she was eager to get back to Warwick the next chance she gets, competition or not, to visit her friends in town and enjoy all the Rose City has to offer.
Warrego Warmblood Stud
11 Roona Rd Warwick
0404 545 082