Young talent recognised with prestigious sporting award
Show jumping: Riley Thureson’s perseverance and true grit over the past year hasn’t gone unnoticed.
The 12-year-old from Augathella was the proud recipient of the Youth Sports Award.
“We went to the post office to deliver something and I saw I had gotten a letter,” she said.
“After opening the letter it said I was nominated for an award which was really exciting.
“It feels really good to be recognised.”
Riley accepted the award in front of her parents, sisters and members of the Augathella Pony Club at the Murweh Shire Australia Day celebrations on Sunday.
“Murweh has produced some very successful sports people across many disciplines and this year is no exception,” the award read.
“Qualifying for Pony Club State Championships and then winning a gold medal in the 12 and under section teams event must have been the icing on the cake for this successful young rider.”
Representing Augathella Pony Club last September, Riley competed in the state finals in Rockhampton where she placed sixth overall in showjumping and 14th in equitation.
She went one better in Nambour in October, going home a gold medal winner and state champion because of a chance encounter and extraordinary talent.
Riley competed alongside Jaycee Trace (Kingaroy) Charlie Thorne (Bundaberg) and Greer Muirhead (Mundubbera) in the 12 and under 80cm-1m team championships after meeting on social media through a shared sponsor.
She was an asset to the team, clearing all five of her rounds.
Riley has plans to continue her showjumping success and will be competing in the upcoming Pittsworth show in early March.
For now, she plans on getting her award framed to display proudly in her room.