St Brigid's named top jumpers

WINNERS: St Brigid’s Rosewood students Brooke Dougall, Jack Davis, Paige and Bella Koroloff are the Matthew Flinders Anglican College primary school show jumping champion team. INSET: The students after the competition.
WINNERS: St Brigid’s Rosewood students Brooke Dougall, Jack Davis, Paige and Bella Koroloff are the Matthew Flinders Anglican College primary school show jumping champion team. INSET: The students after the competition. Rob Williams

A TEAM of horse riders from St Brigid's Primary School in Rosewood has cleaned up in an annual showjumping competition involving 150 riders from across Queensland.

Brook Dougall, Bella and Paige Koroloff and Jack Davis travelled to Nambour this month to take part in the ninth annual Matthew Flinders Anglican College Open Showjumping - an event which attracts competitors from 48 schools.

At least one member of the Rosewood foursome made the podium in each of the 40-50cm primary class, the 80-90cm primary AM7, the 40-50cm primary power and speed and the 40-50cm primary AM7.

After the completion of three rounds, Jack Davis was champion, with Bella Koroloff in third and Paige Koroloff in fifth.

That wasn't the end of the successful day for the school, with Brook Dougall and Bella Koroloff completing a St Brigid's one-two in the 80-90cm primary AM5.

The total team points score was enough to win the Champion School Trophy for St Brigid's.

Proud principal Sharon Olsen said the result was astounding for such a small school of 150.

"These are kids who ride horses outside of school - their parents had to arrange transport of the horses up the Nambour," Ms Olsen said.

"They are all dead keen on horses and we try to encourage them as much as we can.

"Their parents are over the moon and everyone else here is blown away about how well they have done."

There could be plenty more success for St Brigid's in various equestrian events in the future - with young Jack and Paige still only in Year 4 at the Rosewood Catholic primary school.

Bella is in Year 6 this year, while Brook is in Year 7.

"We do everything we can to get them involved in events where they are representing their school," Ms Olsen said.



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