Trick riding at the Sydney Royal Show

Local girl Sarah Thompson showed her phenomenal talent last weekend at the Sydney Royal Easter Show participating in the Trick Riding Championships for 2014.

The super star from Bundella came home the¬†Novice Trick Riding Champion winning a trophy saddle for her efforts. She followed in her good friends’ footsteps, Primrose McKellar from Spring Ridge who came home champion in 2013 and Sally Ham, Quirindi in 2010. Sarah says she is delighted to represent the district.

Sarah has been travelling throughout the USA following after her dream of trick riding with the exceptional Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls since 2010. When in Australia, she loves to ride for the HighVelocity Trick Riding team, a local organisation.

Gunnedah local Miah Bryant, another member of the HighVelocity team was also highly successful at the Royal Easter Show, placing 2nd in the Compulsory section for the juniors. This tough thirteen year old managed to compete the second day after being discharged from hospital moments before her event. She is commended for her dedication and commitment to the sport.

Both girls wore the Ovarian Cancer symbol on their horses and outfits as a mark of respect for the late Coll Green. Coll was a dedicated and beloved member of the Quirindi district and lost her battle to ovarian cancer. She was the proud mother of Cathy Ham and grandmother of Sally and Lauren Ham, core members of the HighVelocity team.

The girls would like to thank Katie Gibson and Ainsley Daniels for providing their trick riding horses. The horses were the soul of the performance and absolutely critical to the safety and wellbeing of their girls while they performed heart stopping tricks.

If your son or daughter is interested in learning trick riding please contact Sally on her Facebook page or via email on

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