Equestrian Tasmania Interschools 2017 team named for trip to Toowoomba

Aiming high: Interschools team captain Sam Bessell. Picture: Sarah Worsley Photography

Aiming high: Interschools team captain Sam Bessell. Picture: Sarah Worsley Photography

Five riders have been named by Equestrian Tasmania for the interschools national championships, to be held in Toowoomba in September.

Riders making the trip to Queensland will compete against fellow students from primary and secondary schools across the nation.

Year 12 Launceston College student Sam Bessell, of Scottsdale, has been named captain, and is set to compete in the secondary 100cm showjumping and the secondary 95cm combined training.

Grade 7 Ulverstone rider Jordan Gale will compete in both secondary preliminary and novice dressage.

Hobart rider Chloe Daun will compete in the primary 80cm showjumping and the same class in the combined training.

They will be joined by Alanah and Laura Monty, also of Hobart, both competing in the secondary 90cm show jumping.

Due to the distance, all riders will be competing on borrowed horses from Queensland – a challenge for them to adjust and compete successfully.

Team manager Jamie Buckby said a sixth rider will potentially join the team: all riders are responsible for their own sponsorship for the competition and loan of their horse.

Bessell, Gale and Alanah and Laura all competed in the 2016 Interschools nationals at Sydney’s Homebush Olympic equestrian venue, as part of a larger team of nine riders.

Gale successfully took out 6th overall in the preliminary dressage last year.

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