TEENAGE rider Tayhla Vuleta continues to clear all obstacles in her quest to become an accomplished equestrian.
Representing Kiama High at the recent NSW Interschool competition, the year 11 student rode her eight-year-old Australian stock horse/quarter horse-cross gelding Angus to first place in the High School Preliminary Eventing 95 centimetre division.
The three-phase competition, conducted at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre at Horsley Park on June 19, comprised dressage, cross-country and showjumping disciplines.
A member of Kiama Pony Club since she was eight, and a current Berry Riding Club member, Tayhla said her horse performed impeccably and had done everything asked of him in Sydney.
"Angus tried his hardest on the cross-country course, taking the tricky lines and jumps in his stride," she said.
"In the showjumping we had a couple of deep spots but he made sure he didn't knock any rails, getting around clear.
"Although Angus doesn't have flashy dressage movements, he did a lovely and accurate test which allowed us to get a good score. I couldn't ask for a better partner."
Back in May and just weeks after securing a valued sponsorship from Wilson Equestrian for horse and rider competition attire and horse grooming products, the pair also won the Pony Club NSW 15-17 age equitation (showjumping) at Gunning in southern NSW.
Coached by good friend Chloe Avnell, with extra lessons from well-known Kiama horseman and national competitor George Sheridan, Tayhla and Angus have reaped the benefits of many hours of dedicated training and practice over the past five years.