HORSHAM Pony Club member Morgan Lane is the April nomination for the Wimmera Sports Star of the Year Award.
Morgan Lane said it was a surprise to receive the nomination.
It comes on the back of winning a national award from the Australian Stock Horse Stock Horse Society for the best eventing point score for under-13s in April.
In May she placed third in division one of grade four while representing the Midland Zone at the Pony Club Victoria Horseland Interzones Horse Trials Championships. She was also part of the grade four winning team which included fellow Horsham Pony Club member Morgan Lord.
These are only some of the 13 year-old’s recent achievements. She has been part of the Pony Club since before she turned three and comes from a family with strong connections to horses.
“I’ve always loved horses,” she said.
“Mum and Dad like to tell me how when I was little, I would always be saying I feel like riding.”
She said what she enjoyed about horses was the rewards she gets for putting in hard work.
“I suppose that is the same for most sports but because you are working with an animal you really need to build up a strong bond,” she said.
Since buying her 10-year-old horse with her own money in February two years ago Morgan Lane has been the only one to train and ride her in an effort to build the strong bond.
Morgan Lane’s work ethic made her mother Jo particularly proud.
“With everything she has really good work ethic no matter what it is,” she said.
As well as receiving weekly dressage coaching from Margaret Howard, Morgan Lane will often travel several hours to take part in clinics and rides most nights.
She ultimately wants to reach a three start eventing level but continues to enjoy the supportive Horsham Pony Club for the time being.
“It’s a really, really supportive club,” she said.
“Everyone is always supporting and encouraging each other.”