Ella and Ryle Waugh and their polocrosse horses, Glenray Indigo and Emarillion Obsession.
Ella and Ryle Waugh and their polocrosse horses, Glenray Indigo and Emarillion Obsession. Georja Ryan

Sisters saddle up to play for Qld

DO NOT be fooled by their striking good looks and sweet smiles, these girls don't horse around; at least when it comes to polocrosse.

Sisters, Ryle and Ella Waugh are just two of the many talented riders set to compete in this year's Barastoc Polocrosse Nationals in April.

Ryle, 16, and Ella, 21, from the Cunningham Polocrosse Club, are a part of the U/24 women's Queensland team and with their trusty steeds by their sides - or rather beneath them - they plan on doing the state proud.

Ella said sibling rivalry was not an issue, but rather an important part of their game.

"Playing together is really special," she said.

"New South Wales is actually the only state that doesn't have sisters in their team."

But it wasn't a random hobby choice for the Waugh girls, with their passion for the sport sprouting at a very early age.

"Dad played for Australia and our older brother Todd played for Queensland, so we were bred into it," Ella said

While they make it look like a breeze to jump on a horse and gallop from line to line, Ryle assured it was not an easy sport to play, nor train for.

"We're up at 5.30am every day to ride two horses and lead two then go to work and school, and then home and ride again," she said.

"Your horse is everything - for 10 weeks before a competition, you have to make sure your horse is ridden every day, fed and rugged every day."

Ryle was the first girl in Queensland to make the U/24 women's Qld team at 16, and she will be riding her horse, Emarillion Obsession, which won the open Juniors Australian Stock Horse of the Year in Queensland.

"We also really want to thank our sponsor, Warwick Town and Country Vet for their support," Ryle said.


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