Ashlee, Holly & Keely Sturgess
2020, the year that we had big plans for. Ashlee and Holly headed over to the Tara Show to kick off the year. Despite the very hot day and abundance of flies they walked away with Champion and Reserve Girl Riders, Champion Hunter Hack and Supreme Show Hunter. Keely and Ashlee competed at the Fairholme College Interschool Showjumping, with Keely placing 4th in the 80cm Primary class, and then on the drive home the news that we would all be on lockdown.
We kept the horses ticking over as homeschool is boring when you can’t go riding, mustering or anything other than school work. As the weeks went on a few training days with our Polocrosse club started again and we headed to Tara Polocrosse for their Covid Carnival.
Keely played her first carnival in the Juniors competition, whilst Ashlee and Holly competed in the Open grades, playing some good games with Senior players. Ashlee also kept her Interschool horse going and qualified for the State titles in October. She was lucky enough to earn a spot on the Qld Merit Team in the Show Hunter class. Although Nationals were cancelled it is good to be recognised for their achievement.
Unfortunately for Keely, her horse was lame and so she missed jumping at the State event. In 2021, there are many goals planned. Ashlee would like to again make the Qld Team for Interschool Nationals. Holly has ambitions to play for the Qld Juniors at the 2022 Polocrosse Nationals. Keely has taken over the reins of Holly’s polocrosse horse and would also like to make it in the Sub Junior team for the 2022 Nationals, but she also loves her Showjumping. This will be her last year in Primary school so we will see if her old horse can make it one last time. Keely has been chosen as a 2021 Sports Captain at her school and both Ashlee and Holly achieved Academic Awards at the school presentation, so 2020 wasn’t as bad as we thought.