Family happy to travel for sport
SPENDING nine days of the school holidays in Warwick for inter-school equestrian competition is no problem for the Doyle family from Rockhampton.
Libby Doyle is in Warwick with her daughters Georgia, 14, and Sarah, 12, who are competing in equestrian events which started on Saturday and finish next Sunday.
They do have a three-day break from today, which is a chance to travel to Toowoomba for one day of showjumping coaching with David Finch.
The Doyle family has spent the past three days at the Warwick Horse Trials Complex at Morgan Park and early this week will move to the Warwick Showgrounds for the showhorse, showjumping, showman and dressage inter-school state championships from Thursday.
Ms Doyle said her daughters had forged strong friendships through equestrian.
“The parents get around a bonfire at night,” she said.
Last year, the Doyle family transported horses from Rockhampton to Warwick for state championship action and aren’t concerned if there is more championship action on the Southern Downs next year.
“The facilities are fantastic and the cross country course exceptional,” Ms Doyle said.
“We travel wherever we have to go.”
Last year, that “wherever” included Melbourne as Sarah competed in the nationals where she secured a third in primary school combined training.
Like all riders at the two-state championships in Warwick, the Doyle sisters are striving to make the Queensland team to compete in the nationals in September at Horsley Park, the 2000 Olympics venue.
Sarah, who attends Heights College in Rockhampton, was third in introductory primary eventing on Justa Little Ripper.
“I was happy with third. My best discipline is showjumping,” Sarah said.
Both girls are competing at the Warwick Showgrounds from Thursday.
Georgia attends one of the powerhouse equestrian schools, Rockhampton Grammar, and is riding Monte later this week.
Event organiser Margaret Williamson praised the work of members of the Warwick Horse Trials Club as she reflected on the first of the two Inter-school Equestrian Queensland Championships.
“We had 112 entries for the eventing,” she said.
“The Warwick Horse Trials Club has a wonderful facility at Morgan Park.”
A team of 12 from The Scots PGC College competed at the weekend.
Inter-school equestrian championships
Warwick Showgrounds July 8-11