August Young Rider of the Month – sponsored by Filly & Co

Olivia Comben’s first memory of sitting on a horse goes back to when she was two-years-old.

“I’ve always ridden,” the now ten-year-old says. “Showing is what I love doing the most, but I also enjoy dressage, pony club, interschool comps, HRCAV, and of course, going on trail-rides.”

Her main horse, Brandy Hill Park Royal Quest – otherwise known as Bazz – is a 21-year-old 13.3hh part Welsh cross Riding Pony.

“I’ve had Bazz for just over three years,” she says. “He loves going for rides to the local BMX track and trotting up and down all the hills.” Despite his age though, he’s no pushover! “He likes to shy on me sometimes,” she says, “especially when I’m not paying attention.”

What is it they say about horses being great teachers?

For Olivia her mother is quite definitely her mentor. “I look up to my Mum because I wouldn’t be riding as well as I am today without her. She always reminds me to smile and have fun, but I also tell myself ‘go hard, or go home’. I like to be competitive.” In fact it’s Olivia’s ambition to win her riding class at Melbourne Royal Show one day.

From Traralgon in Victoria, she is currently in Grade 4 at St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School, and as well as her horses Olivia has several other passions including netball and playing the piano.

“I’ve recently started writing and singing my own songs as well,” she says.

Multi-talented for sure.

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