Jessie Miller gives Rhonda Robertson’s horse Cinderella a pat at the Mt Larcom Show.
Jessie Miller gives Rhonda Robertson’s horse Cinderella a pat at the Mt Larcom Show. Emily Blatchford

Cinderella's story reaches new heights

JUST like in the fairytale, Cinderella has shrugged off humble beginnings to join the elite – in the horse showjumping world that is.

The Observer met Cinderella yesterday at the Mt Larcom show, where she was waiting for her turn to compete in the show-jumping event.

While this doesn’t seem particularly uncommon, what is interesting is the fact that Cinderella’s mother was a Clydesdale.

“Clydesdales are stock horses and so aren’t really made for jumping,” Cinderella’s owner, Rhonda Roberston, said.

“But she’s going really well.”

Ms Robertson, from Booyal, has been breeding and training horses for “too long – forever,” and said that while she had high hopes for Cinderella’s show-jumping future, she wasn’t expecting to take home a blue ribbon this year.

“She’s still learning,” Ms Robertson said. “This year is more about building experience for her. At the moment she can only jump a metre, or a metre-ten, but we’ll get her jumping much higher than that.”



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