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San Sisto students saddle up for equestrian competition

San Sisto students compete in the Queensland Interschool competition

HORSE-loving students at San Sisto College, Carina, have saddled up to take on some of the best riders in the state at the Interschool Queensland (IQ) Equestrian competition for the first time.

Interschool equestrian focuses on disciplines including show jumping, dressage, show horse, eventing and combined training with competition events held throughout the year

The competitions provide a wonderful opportunity for the San Sisto students to share their passion for horse riding with other like-minded school students.

Currently the San Sisto squad has competed in dressage and show jumping events through qualifying rounds that began in February. 

Thus far, the team had completed clean rounds in show jumping and placed in the top six riders in their jump height category.

While this was the first year of the competition, the San Sisto students were training towards high goals.

Year 10 students Lucy Vaschina and Lili Green, who shared their passion for competing in show jumping events with their horses, Mystic and Dane, began horse riding when they were very young.

Both girls said they were enjoying the opportunity to compete in the interschool competition.

Lucy said riding horses had taught her to be patient and persistent while dealing with frustrating situations, as well as loving what she was doing when it was all going well.

She also acknowledged the commitment, time and expense involved in equestrian as a sport.

“I am forever grateful to my family for their constant support, and the San Sisto staff and community for welcoming this idea and team,” she said

Senior student Bailey Kelly started riding horses when she was quite young.

Like most equestrian enthusiasts, she was passionate about riding and spent hours preparing for competitions.

Bailey said horse riding had many benefits.

“Horse riding is a sport that really works you hard, both mentally and physically, but is also extremely rewarding and enjoyable,” she said.

“Your resilience and persistence are often tested, but you learn to keep going, get back in the saddle and continue moving forward.”

Principal Shelley Hamilton said the college’s young equestrian team had managed to excel in their first year of competition.

“The team has developed a strong sense of camaraderie, trust, respect and school spirit that is a credit to them,” she said.

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