Amanda's riding up a storm
IT WAS two years in the making but Amanda Carter's ultimate ambition has finally come to fruition.
The 16-year-old Hervey Bay girl was one of five riders who tallied up a massive win for Australia at the American World Paint Horse Show in Texas last month.
Carter and her team placed fifth overall in the world after coming under the spotlight in various riding disciplines, including English Equitation, during the week-long event.
She said competition was tough, the horses were “in a completely different league” and each rider only had half an hour before competing to become acquainted with their horse.
Each rider was allotted a horse from a random pick out of a hat.
“And I had one of the naughty horses,” Carter said.
“We spent the half-hour fighting but in the end we pulled it together and he (Tommy) was good to me in the ring.”
She said each team member received a baseball-style jacket, a trophy and an “awesome” title.
Since starting to accumulate points to qualify for the team two years ago, Carter's mum Michelle and stepdad Darren have clocked up thousands of kilometres travelling to shows throughout Australia.
So it was only natural the two would travel all the way to Texas to cheer their daughter on.
“It was really cool. I already knew all the kids who made the team and everyone had family there,” Carter said.
“All of our parents were really loud in the stands. By the end of it they had the Germans doing the ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie'.
“I would like to say thank you to my mum and my stepdad who put in the kilometres getting me to all the shows and my trainers Meredith and Robert Rehn for their support.”
After impressing the judges with the standard of riding that left her in good stead in Texas, Carter said she had been offered the opportunity to go back next year and ride for a highly regarded trainer. Carter said she would seriously consider the proposal but would ease off riding temporarily while she prepared to take on Year 12 studies next year.