RIDING HIGH: Carla Cosgrove rides high after her success in Toowoomba and Brisbane earlier this year.
RIDING HIGH: Carla Cosgrove rides high after her success in Toowoomba and Brisbane earlier this year. Trapnell Photography

Carla trots onwards from Toowoomba, Brisbane victories

EQUESTRIAN: It’s onwards and upwards for Roma local Carla Cosgrove, who has continued her streak through 2015 with a series of wins in early 2016.

The Roma dressage rider has continued her 2015 success with wins and places in her first 3 competitions of 2016 in Toowoomba and Brisbane.

Carla and her dressage mare, Glenormiston Roosca were awarded first prize at all Regional Championship events last year and capped off the year being awarded Qld Dressage Pony of 2015 at the Equestrian Qld awards dinner in December.

Halfway through 2015, Carla purchased a 3-year-old Warmblood gelding Dexter from an ad on facebook.

“He was a gangly 3 year old who had been recently broken in by his breeder and had been ridden no more than 5 times but just caught my eye,” she said.

“When he arrived he had no steering, no brakes and no forward.

“Fortunately this meant his limited level of training was reflected in his low price tag and meant I didn’t have to pay anywhere near the Twenty or Thirty Thousand dollars that some warmbloods fetch.”

Since purchasing him, Crla has attended two competitions in Toowoomba with Dexter winning both his Preliminary classes,and more recently a Young Horse Dressage class in Brisbane were he placed 3rd against a strong field of horses.

Carla was the only Amateur Owner and non-professional rider in the Top 5.

These results have qualified Dexter for the Qld State Young Horse Championships to be held in Brisbane in July.

“I am thrilled with Dexters results so far, as having no trainer or suitably experienced local coach is quite a challenge especially when competing against professional riders who receive regular coaching,” she said.

Carla will now turn her focus to her ponies and up and coming junior riders attending the Wallumbilla and Roma show before deciding if Dexter is mature enough for the pressure of State Championships.


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