Chelsea Henderson will continue a fine tradition when she rides out under the Australian Flag at Fort Worth, Texas later this year.
The St John’s student is one of four riders chosen to represent our country at the World Youth Games. It has been a wonderful journey and a lot of kilometres for training and competition and “real hard work” for this remarkable young athlete.
Naturally, it costs to be the best but in true Aussie fashion, friends, family and the horse “family” have thrown their considerable support behind young Chelsea.
“It has been incredible. We have had a number of major fundraising events and raffles and things, but the most incredible response has come from individuals who have just donated money. I am truly blown away by it,” Chelsea smiled.
Her mum and dad, Cindy and Lonny posted a note online: “Thank you to The Central Western Performance Horse Club for your generous donation to Chelsea’s fundraising! This is Chelsea’s home club which has given her the opportunity to compete and make friends with great people.
“Clubs like these give young people and adults the opportunity to achieve goals such as the Youth World Games. We have seen a number of horse women from this club represent Australia over the years. It has a small, hard-working committee that do a great job! Your hard work and support is greatly appreciated.”
Cindy pointed out that others like Adam and Jeni Dennis of Rocky Top Paints who have provided beautiful buckles and Adam Wiley from Regional Finance who has sponsored the team uniforms. Other generous benefactors include Peter Collins of Ironhide Online, Rick and Victoria Pisaturo of Mandalong Stud, Shelley Biancon of Little Rock Ranch, and Darren and Kylie Semmler of G.J. Gardner Homes Dubbo.
Chelsea continues to impress, bringing home a swag of ribbons, trophies and titles from the National PHAA Show this week. She and her sisters Mia and Lily’s list of achievements included National Champion, Reserve Champions and numerous other placings.
Chelsea also received her award for High Point Youth of NSW 2016-2017 and Top Ten Youth 2016-2017.
The Australian team flies to Texas for the Youth World Games to be held in conjunction with the AJPHA Youth World Show at Fort Worth from June 25 to July 8.
Each rider has a specialist role in the team’s World Games. Chelsea has been selected for Horsemanship and will ride a randomly selected horse with which she will have to form a quick bond. Her competitors from Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Team United (Italy, Slovakia, France), Canada and the United States will share the experience of competing on unknown horses.
Chelsea, it will be true test of your incredible equestrian skills. We wish you all the best.