Isobel races with Eddie
IN less than six months, Isobel Thorley has transformed a racehorse which was bought as a weanling for $40,000 into a successful eventer.
The 16-year-old Warwick State High School student first rode five years ago when close friend Nicola Horne had a spare pony and the pair went riding.
Thorley first competed in eventing a little more than a year ago on her mare Sakkara Blaze.
The horse she affectionally calls Eddie was bought by her family in December.
Eddie is a five-year-gelding who didn’t enjoy success in eight starts on the racecourse under the name Kickin’withewind.
“He has plenty of speed for eventing,” Thorley said.
“Eddie is quieter than my old mare and doesn’t get quite as excited.”
Soon after the former racehorse was purchased by the Thorley family, the gelding was taken to Brisbane for eventing education under Olympian Rebel Morrow.
Thorley then rode Eddie at a Morgan Park clinic under Olympic medallist and world-renowned coach Lucinda Green.
The Warwick Horse Trials Club member and Eddie are best at showjumping and cross country but are working hard on their dressage discipline.
“He can tell when you go the stables at 6am it is time to go to an event,” Thorley said.
“Eddie knows when he has to be pretty and is very obedient.”
So far, the combination has finished 10th in a chicken run in Toowoomba which involved show jumping and cross country.
At the Easter event at Morgan Park, they were 14th in a field of 36.
This weekend, Thorley and Eddie have nominated in junior introductory.
Other Southern Downs-based riders include Kathy Jones, Richard King, Tori Rafton, Clive Hicks and Kathy Humphrey.
The highest profile rider this weekend will be Olympian Rebel Morrow, the best performed Australian eventer at the Athens Olympics.
Morrow, who hails from Brisbane, has nominated Hillgrove Enviable in the two-star event.
She has four horses nominated in lower grades.
Her major competition in the two-star will come from Queensland rider Harvey Besley on his horse Valen Star and Brisbane rider Natalie Siiankoski.
A member of the Warwick Horse Trials Club, Tamborine-based McNab has nine horses nominated, including three in one star and five in lower classes.
There are 206 nominations in all classes, including 10 in two-star, the highest this weekend.
Action starts at 8am tomorrow with dressage. The introductory and preliminary showjumping is tomorrow and all other showjumping after cross country on Sunday.
The one and two-star riders will be on the cross country course at approximately 8.52am and showjumping from 12.30pm.
Rebel Morrow (Olympian)
Kevin McNab (Australian representative)