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Sister act at nationals

SISTER ACT: Talented Chinchilla sisters Ashlee and Holly Sturgess are competing in the Pony Club National Championships in Toowoomba this week.
SISTER ACT: Talented Chinchilla sisters Ashlee and Holly Sturgess are competing in the Pony Club National Championships in Toowoomba this week.

WHEN her daughters compete Kellie Sturgess jumps up and down on the sidelines: she's a proud mum and she should be, for she may well have three budding Olympians on her hands.

Mrs Sturgess said her three daughters Ashlee, Holly and Keely have been riding horses since they were old enough to walk.

She is spending the school holidays in Toowoomba cheering on her eldest daughters, Ashlee and Holly, as they compete in the Pony Club National Championships.

The championships bring together Australia's best riders as well as teams from France and China in dressage to compete in showjumping, eventing, mounted games, formal gymkhana, tetrathlon and international challenge events.

This week 13-year-old Ashlee Sturgess will compete in the tetrathalon event after qualifying earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, 11-year-old Holly will compete in the Interschool National Showjumping Championships after placing in fourth in Queensland in July.

Mrs Sturgess said Ashlee, who is placed 7th overall after completing the run and swim legs of the competition earlier this week, hoped to come away with a top 10 win.

"There is 10 ribbons and we'd love to be able to snag one of those but even if she's just doing her personal best that's great,” she said.

After placing 7th overall last year, Mrs Sturgess said Holly was determined to go one better this year.

"She really wants to get into the top six this time, she actually wants to win but the expectation is a top six would be awesome,” she said.

"It's nice to dream, Holly's dream would be to go to the Olympics but whether that's attainable...”

Despite, Ashlee and Holly's talent in the saddle it may be 7-year-old Keely who proves to be the family's best horsewoman yet.

"I think she will overtake both of them,” Mrs Sturgess said.


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