Horse-riding dreams coming true for Hayley
HAYLEY Berg always wanted to be a horse person: now she's chasing dreams on the back of her big bay thoroughbred, Warrigal Style.
The Riverside Christian College student earned the right to represent the state at the Pony Club Association Queensland Championships for Horse Trials.
She's got big dreams of one day going to the Olympics, too, of bringing a medal - gold, if possible - back to her friends and family in Maryborough.
"It would mean lots and lots of hard work, to keep on training, lots and lots of lessons, and to keep working on things," Berg, 15, said.
In the last school holidays Berg represented Wide Bay-Burnett at the state championships in Yeppoon, performing so well she was then chosen to represent the state at the interstate event.
She's got dreams of one day following in the footsteps of her idols: Megan Jones, an Olympic silver medallist, and David Finch, a renowned horseman and youth trainer, and knows any skill-set close to a combination of the duo's talent would book her a ticket anywhere.
But for now, the Maryborough teen is content to be practising at her local Tiaro Pony Club and on taking long rides on the family farm, outside of Owanyilla.
She's happy knowing that she's part of a horse family, and is eager to continue growing the bond she shares with Warrigal Style.
"My horse is lovely, he always looks after me when we're out on the cross-country course, he won't do something if he knows it's not going to be safe," she said.