Toolamba rider wins championship

By Country News

Toolamba's Brylee Thomson took out a major prize at a recent equestrian event in Tatura.

Ms Thomson won the Australian Champion Ridden Part-Welsh category, with her home-bred horse Bremala Miss Victoria, as part of the Australian Welsh and Part-Welsh Ridden Championship final.

With the victory came $5000 in prize money, as she beat out 60 competitors.

The Australian Welsh and Part-Welsh Ridden Championship ran for its second year and riders were assessed by international judges from the United Kingdom.

Bremala Miss Victoria also won the Supreme Ridden Part-Welsh Exhibit and the Part-Welsh In-Hand Supreme Exhibit on March 8.

Ms Thomson's family were breeders of Shetland and Australian ponies and Ms Thomson first showed interest in riding at the young age of five, eventually deciding to do showing.

As well as competing at a national level, Ms Thomson is a nuclear medicine technologist at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, and comes home to Toolamba most weekends.

“Trying to have your career on track while competing is difficult, but it all pays off when you’re doing something you love,” she said.

Her mother, Kaye, said it was a fantastic competition for Welsh classes.

“Most of these horses are like elite athletes and (Bremala Miss) Victoria knows her job, she goes out and performs with limited work, which is pretty amazing,” Mrs Thomson said.

“It was amazing to think that sort of prize money was on offer.

“Someone did a lot of work and it’s all to promote the society, to attract more members, registrations and encourage people to go to competitions to show their ponies.”

The Australian Welsh and Part-Welsh Ridden Championship final was held on March 7 and 8.