Madison saddles up for titles
MARYBOROUGH'S Madison Hose is confident she can conquer her nerves and excel at tomorrow's Interschool Queensland State Championships.
The Riverside Christian College student will be one of 250 competitors to saddle up for the four-day event at Maryborough Park.
For Hose, who will ride 11-year-old mare Sassifrass, this will be the second time she has tested herself at this level of competition.
She hopes to thrive under the pressure of competing against the best young riders in the state.
"It's a bit nerve-racking but not that scary because I've got faith in my horse and trust her and I think we will go well," she said.
"You have to do a lot of work for it (state championships) and practise a lot to get your horse ready.
"The chance to represent your school is also a big thing.
"I hope to do my best and hopefully get a bit of an outcome."
Riding horses since she was 10, the 15-year-old will contest the dressage, show horse and show jump.
Combined training, showman and Interschool Challenge are the other three disciplines of competition on the schedule.
Riverside Christian College and Fraser Coast Anglican College will be well represented at the competition, to be held at Maryborough Park for the second successive year.
Hose believed competing at the Maryborough West complex gave local riders a huge advantage.
"The horses are used to the surroundings and it's just a great facility some other places don't have," she said.
Interschool Queensland president and chair Sue Austin said they expected a record number of competitors and horses to turn up.
"We're quite lucky Maryborough has got great facilities and can cater for this many people," she said.
"It'll be very fierce and very stiff the competition with 100 more horses and 50 more riders than what we had here last year.
"We encourage local spectators to come and have a look at this fantastic competition."
Austin said the winners in each discipline would represent Queens-land at the national championships in Toowoomba in October.