LOCAL equestrian rider Taelar Williams has finished the summer show season in scintillating form despite a minor setback leading into a crucial ride.
Before her most important class at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Taelar's horse Joker succumbed to soreness and could not be ridden.
Close friend Troy Wilson and his family came to the rescue with their horse Shakira. With only a brief ride on the mare before her class, Taelar and Shakira won the Lady Rider 17-21 years.
"I am so thankful to the Wilson and Campbell families for trusting me with their beautiful girl," Taelar said.
"She gave me the best ride and I couldn't have been happier."
Taelar entered the prestigious Sydney Show with a run of impressive results. She and Joker received Runner-Up Rider 17-21 years at the Pacific Coast Hack Championships in February.
Taelar then went on to claim fourth place in the same category at the Canberra Royal Show a fortnight later.
After being awarded Champion Hack and Champion Rider at the Dalgety Show, she headed for the Equestrian Australia's NSW Horse of the Year show.
Taelar was the Runner-Up Rider over 18 years, which qualified her for the nationals to be held in Werribee in December.
"This is always a tough age to compete in because you are competing against anyone above the age of 18," Taelar said.
"I've always wanted to qualify for nationals in my riding class, I was lucky enough to compete there in 2011 on my old horse Toosh.
"Joker gave me the most perfect ride to try and qualify; I was so proud of him on that day."
Taelar would like to thank sponsors Kamilah Park Equestrian and Judges Choice Australia for their products for her and her horses. She will now have a break during winter and then head up to the Brisbane Royal in August.