Shelley rides her way to National Equestrian Championships

Shelley Kleven showing Year 9 horse riders, Grace Nesbitt and Keeley White, a photo of Abby Douch jumping at the NSW Equestrian Interschools State Championships.

Shelley Kleven showing Year 9 horse riders, Grace Nesbitt and Keeley White, a photo of Abby Douch jumping at the NSW Equestrian Interschools State Championships.

TEN-year-old Shelley Kleven, who attends St Patrick's, Cooma has just experienced a young horse rider's dream. She and her schoolmate, Abby Douch, and their ponies, Amaranda Moet and Bambrough Domino, have returned from the four day NSW Equestrian Interschools' State Championship at Horsley Park near Sydney. There, they competed in jumping, dressage and riding events from Thursday until Sunday, June 22. Both girls were successful with Shelley winning two major events.

Asked which event she liked the most she thought it was the Combined Training. "Moet stopped at one of the jumps but he didn't step back; he jumped it. So we got a clear round," said Shelley with a wide grin.

Because of her outstanding success at Horsley Park, Shelley has been selected to compete at the National Equestrian Interschools' Championships which will be held at Werribee in Victoria at the end of September.

Mrs Sue Wallace, who is a teacher at St Patrick's and coordinates the school's equestrian activities, is very pleased with the school's equestrian team's performances this year. "It started well when our 15 strong team came second at the SMGS Interschools' gymkhana at Jindabyne in May.

Soon after the gymkhana, Jane Fitzgerald in Year 9 successfully competed at the interschool Horse Expo at Coonabarabran.

Shelley and Abby are the first students from St Patrick's to ever compete at State level and now Shelley will be heading off to the national competition.

From St Patrick's we all wish her a successful trip and hope that she and Moet come back with some even more amazing results".

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