Melanie Bryant calls herself a “crazy horse mum” on a mission to make inter-school horse riding more popular.
She recently got her kids into it and hopes others will do the same.
“It’s actually only my two kids in the whole school who are doing it at the moment,” she says. “I’d love to build a big team through Park Ridge to promote it.”
Her two daughters are in the inter school riding competition representing Park Ridge State School and the state high school.
She says the Logan area, with its agricultural roots, has loads of potential to make a strong team that matches the best schools.
“All the other schools have massive teams, but so far, no one’s really known about it around here,” Melanie says.
Tayla, her youngest, just finished her first year in the competition, while her eldest Nikita finished her third year.
They last competed at the state championships against 123 schools at Maryborough on the first week of the July school holidays.
“They didn’t get to nationals, but they did very well at state level,” she says.
Competitive horse riding can be expensive, but Melanie says it’s manageable with sponsorships from the school and through fundraising.
“The schools can sponsor them, and a lot of the kids fundraise through the school,” she says. “I’ve got both kids kitted out in their school colours and we took their school banner to states, so it’s great promotion for the school.”
Students keen on participating need to have their own horse. If that’s you, Melanie would be overjoyed to lend a hand in getting a school team started.
“I’ve offered at both schools, if anyone wants to join I’m more than happy to put my name up and organise the team,” she says.
“I’m just a crazy supportive horse mum of the schools.”