Kyabram’s Tori Glass has taken another step towards her Olympic aspirations after qualifying for the Pony Club Association of Victoria’s team to compete at the national championships in September.
Tori, 14, will travel to Toowoomba to compete after strong showings in local competitions.
This comes after the young rider claimed second overall in C-grade and was part of the winning C-grade team at the Pony Club State Championships in March.
Tori said she was proud to reach the national event and hoped it would be another step forward in her goal of representing Australia.
‘‘I ride every day to keep myself and the horse fit,’’ she said.
‘‘It gets difficult splitting my time between riding, school and other parts of my life — especially when I run out of daylight in the winter.
‘‘But it’s all worth it.’’
The camaraderie and adventure horse riding offers more than makes up for the long hours and sacrifice.
And as anyone involved with horses knows, the expenses mount — quickly.
Tori said she was looking for sponsorship to help cover the costs of riding interstate.
‘‘I already have some generous support from my current sponsors, Liam Atkins and Maurie Thomson, and my friends and family. I couldn’t do it without them,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m looking for help with associated costs. Extra lessons, feed, fuel to get there and back and vet costs are just some of the expenses.
‘‘My horse had to have an expensive vaccine against the Hendra virus because the vets in Queensland won’t treat it for 48 hours unless vaccinated.’’
■Anyone interested in sponsoring Tori can should phone her mum, Sharon, on 0428 500 336.