Jumps cleared on the way to dream

TWO State championships in a year - it’s been quite a season for Alex Wolters-Mannix.

The Orange rider’s stellar campaign started in January, when Orange played host to the NSW dressage championships.

Competing in her own backyard, Wolters-Mannix placed in her two events in the associate category.

Next stop was Camden, for the equitation showjumping championships in May.

Competing against New South Wales’ best, Wolters-Mannix finished first and claimed a coveted state title.

She followed this with a credible fourth placing overall at the NSW showjumping championships in Nyngan in July.

Then, just last month, Wolters-Mannix added a second jewel to her 2012 crown, taking out the state eventing title in Albury.

The talented youngster’s mother Bardi Mannix is club captain of the Orange Pony Club and has been involved in coaching her daughter since a young age.

“It’s a very big achievement,” Mannix said.

“The whole year has been brilliant from her and I couldn’t be more proud.”

As well as taking home the two trophies, Wolters-Mannix also progressed to the two star level this season.

The next step up is three star.

And then - Olympic class.

Mannix said it has always been her daughter’s dream to ride at the elite level.

“Since she was a small girl all she ever wanted to do was ride,” Mannix said.

“She’s always been a self-motivated person, someone’s who has been absolutely committed to her riding, so her wins are a just reward.”

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