You won't find a more polite and motivated young lady than James Sheahan's Darcey Eyb.
The 15-year-old is taking the equestrian dressage scene by storm and is riding high after claiming the Pony Club International Alliance competition on her nine-year-old gelding, Sir Versace.
She would traditionally travel to Sydney for such an event, but due to COVID implications, she had to film her performance from Cudal Showground.
The goals she's been kicking lately are just the tip of the ice berg compared to her long-term objectives.
As she sits down and watches world-class riders competing at the Tokyo games, 'Dixie' clings onto her Olympic dreams.
It's still early days, but that's long been her objective.
"It's always been my goal to compete at the Olympics," Eyb said.
Throughout a life of horse riding, Eyb has found that onlookers tend to underestimate how hard it is to master this particular craft.
"It's not easy. People say it's easy but that's only if you want to do it casually," she said.
"If you want to improve and compete at big events, it's very hard."
It might be considered by some as an individual sport, but the success Eyb has is hugely dependent on the discipline of her animal.
In the case of Sir Versace, he's finally starting to respond to the two-year training regime ... after a few speed bumps.
"He can be quite naughty," she said.
"His stable name is Ricky, and we call him Tricky Ricky. He's been difficult to handle, but he's getting better."
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While a huge aspect of dressage is based on performance, a lot of it is predicated on presentation.
Eyb says she easily spends an hour each day grooming Sir Versace, whether it be brushing him or cleaning the stables.
She's achieved a lot recently, but there's always more competitions to compete at.
Eyb will head to Canberra this weekend for another tournament and after that, will resume a training schedule she's so fond of.
"I work with Amy McKenzie every week, and once every two months I train with Olympics coach Heath Ryan.
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