Year 12 Gungahlin Student Holly Pulford from Murrumbateman has been selected to represent NSW at the Australian Interschool Championships and made the NSW team for Showjumping.

Holly and her horse Master Spook, an off-the-track thoroughbred (race name: Who Asked You) will be competing for NSW at the upcoming Australian Interschool Championships being held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. (Sunday 25th September – Thursday 29th September)

Holly was delighted to hear of her selection to the NSW Nationals team.

“This has been a goal I’ve been working towards for the past couple of years, and I am so proud of my horse Master Spook as he is an off-the-track thoroughbred and is a wonderful example of how versatile thoroughbreds can be,” said Holly.

Holly Pulford and Master Spook winning the 1.05cm Thoroughbred class -Photo by Grain and Mane

Holly represented Gungahlin College at the Scots Interschool Challenge in Albury, where Holly and Master Spook were successful in winning both their 1.05cm and the 1.15cm classes.

For selection in the NSW team, Equestrian NSW moved to an online application and all NSW students could apply. Holly took this opportunity and had to provide a written application as well as supporting performance (winning) results since the beginning of the year.

Holly and Master Spook have been competing together since 2019; prior to their partnership, Master Spook didn’t have much Showjumping training however that was about to change

“I took him on as a prospect horse and I haven’t looked back.  He has shown himself to be a very brave and talented young horse collecting many wins and placings along the way,” Holly beamed.

Holly Pulford with her NSW Patch and Master Spook’s team rug

In conjunction with studying for her AST, Holly has been working hard to keep her horse competition fit as well as herself by attending many events around NSW.  Holly is looking forward to being presented with her NSW uniform and pin and participating in the opening ceremony, as it’s such a privilege to be selected to represent NSW.

Holly will be competing over 3 days (Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th) and her game plan is to hopefully go clear and place for NSW.