Breanna blitzes the competition

Breanna and Alpine Ash with their ribbons and rugs at the North West Equestrian Expo.

Breanna and Alpine Ash with their ribbons and rugs at the North West Equestrian Expo.

JINDABYNE Central School (JCS) student Breanna Arnold has blitzed the competition at the North West Equestrian Expo, bringing home two first place ribbons, a second and the fourth place.

Breanna and her six-year-old stockhorse mare Alpine Ash competed against 650 other riders from more than 110 schools across the country at Coonabarabran earlier this month.

Together they took out first place honours in the Working Stock Horse Challenge for Breanna's age group - winning the qualifying round and the final.

On the second day of competition, Breanna competed in the one-day event involving dressage, showjumping and cross country where she finished in second place.

"I would have won but I knocked a rail in the show jumping but I'm still really happy with that," she said.

"It was a good effort."

Up next was the Stockman's Challenge, named the Warrumbungles' Way, which required seven different tasks including bareback riding and whip cracking.

Breanna, a Year Eight JCS student, and Alpine Ash finished an impressive fourth.

The final day of competition was Breanna's 14th birthday and the day of the Team Penning, where Breanna teamed up with two riders from Snowy Mountains Grammar School to score another first place.

"We did two runs of that and in our first run we won and came home with another rug and ribbon and we came fourth in the second run," Breanna said.

Breanna and Alpine Ash began training for the North West Equestrian Expo back in February, with Breanna's dad overseeing her schedule.

"I start training three months before a big event like this," Breanna said.

"You can't just show up there with an unworked horse. I've got to remember patterns and testing, keep the horse in competition condition."

Fuelled by her success at Coonabarabran, Breanna is back training for her next big competition in Gundagai in October - the Battle on the Bidgee where she will compete in an open event, although her results will be scored in the junior division.

"It's my first open event," Breanna said.

"I wasn't expecting to do as well as I did in Coonabarabran so I might surprise myself in Gundagai."

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