NEW SPORT: The Scots PGC College student Holly Wickham talks dressage with Nicole Tough.
NEW SPORT: The Scots PGC College student Holly Wickham talks dressage with Nicole Tough. Judi Haidley

Holly's dressage hopes are aimed at national selection

THE Scots PGC College student Holly Wickham has taken a liking to dressage and is aiming for national selection one day.

The Year 8 student is part of the equestrian program at the college and is one of a number of students from the Southern Downs heading to the Australian Inter-School Equestrian Championships in Melbourne during the September/October school holidays.

"I became interested in riding when my sister Summer started at pony club," Holly said.

"I wanted to do interschool equestrian riding at Scots PGC and I am now focusing on dressage."

She receives regular lessons from her coaches and was part of a group from Scots PGC which had lessons from Level 2 specialist dressage coach and national A Level dressage judge Nicole Tough, who was recently in Warwick.

"It was the first time I had the opportunity to work with Nicole Tough; I found it very productive to have coaches come to the school," Holly said.

"Nicole worked on the basics - my seat, reins work, lengthening the strides and extension work."

She is in her second month of concentrating on dressage and hopes to move up from novice to elementary.

"My Mum and Dad assist so much with travel and expenses," Holly said.

"I have a few more years at school and am thinking of studying accountancy or physiology." While Holly says she loves school, she is keen to add a dash of dressage and a few ribbons.



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