Softly spoken and with a beaming smile, Emily Hann is a typical 15-year old boarder at The SCOTS PGC College, but when on a horse, she becomes completely focused.

Emily’s parents run a cattle property at Wollomombi and from an early age, Emily and her younger brother, Robert, have ridden horses. “I started with pony club and always enjoyed mustering on the family property,” she says.

Emily commenced as a boarder at The SCOTS PGC College in 2012 and was able to bring her horse, Canopy Grove Damini, to the Equestrian Centre at the school. “I love being part of the equestrian team. I have developed my skills, gaining confidence each time I ride.”

After a series of competitions and events throughout the year, Emily qualified for the Queensland State Event Championships at one-star, which she won. As a result, she qualified to represent Queensland at the National Interschool Championships. “It was great to be part of the Queensland team. It is very challenging and competitive but so much fun jumping at heights of 115 centimetres.”

“Emily has a tremendous ability to hold her nerves under complete pressure,” Head of Equestrian Richard King said. “This was demonstrated in her ability to stay focused while having to jump last at the Interschool Nationals, with a faultless round to claim victory.”

Emily, who is currently in Year 10, says she enjoys all sports especially swimming and would like to be an agronomist when she completes Year 12 in 2014. “My aim for next year is to compete at two-star at a three-day event in Adelaide if all goes well,” Emily says.