This year the Remi Stud
Young Rider Scholarship was awarded to ALEXANDRA BARLOW from Yeppoon in Central Queensland. She
received the beautiful filly REMI LIBERTY BELLE S by Lauries As/ Remi Florence Nightingale by Fishermans
Friend. Remi Florence Nightingale is a half sister to Underdiscussion (aka Remi Lethal Weapon) who
won the CHIO 3* Eventing Championship in Aachen, Germany in 2012 ridden by Christopher
Alex is a very dedicated young rider and competitor in the field of eventing, so
we look forward to seeing her competing Belle in the years ahead. Due to geographical challenges, this
dedication presented itself in many ways over the past few years, not in the least needing to travel thousands
of kilometres to compete at any horse events. She has been a member of the Yeppoon Hack and Pony Club
since she was 6 years old and didn’t even own her own horse. She learnt to ride on horses from the
local riding school, until the riding school eventually gave her her first pony – a green 4 y/o called
Cola. By Alex’s own admission, she fell off Cola more times than she could count, but she never gave
up. She had her first x-country lesson with Kevin McNab when she was 8 years old and a year
later won her first Bronze Medal, and from then on she was hooked on eventing.
In 2012 Alex’s parents purchased her a horse, a Clydie X mare called Ana
Banana. Dedication and talent saw them compete in their first Pre-Novice event and come away with a
Bronze Medal and a place on the National Team. More recently she rode Ana in Ana‘s first PCAQ State
Championships, and true to her passion - she came away with the Gold Medal. There is no doubt that Alex
is a talented rider but she realises that it is extremely hard for a horse that is built to pull carts to lengthen its stride cross country, so their partnership is limited.
Later this year Ana will pass on to Alex’s younger sister, leaving Alex without a horse. And this is
where the Scholarship comes in.
Equestrian sport in Qld has benefited from Alex’s wonderful achievements, her
talent, inspirations of excellence, and sheer determination to be the best person and rider that she can
be. With young riders like Alex and Isabella, our Equestrian sport will continue to prosper in Australia
well into the future. Remi Stud, together with their Supporters (EQ, EA, HorseForce, Edwards Saddleworld,
Team VDB, Dr Show, Westvets, and Prydes Easifeed) are delighted that Alexandra Barlow is the winner of the Remi
Stud Young Rider Scholarship in 2014, and we look forward to watching Alex and Remi Liberty Belle S competing
in the years ahead. We also look forward to presenting the 2015 Scholarship winner at the Brisbane CDI
again next year.
Isabella is a remarkable young lady and competitor and she is only 15 years old.
She is one of 5 children and lives with her mother, Vanessa, who I am sure has been her greatest
support. Whilst still in Grade 10, she has successfully managed to train herself and compete 3
different horses at 3 different levels (EFA, QISEA and PCAQ) consistently winning and placing at them
all. Isabella’s home facilities are very limited, so most of her training (which she does herself) has
been done at her local Pony Club Grounds in Mogill or at the FTP Equestrian Centre.
Bella, as she is known, has always had a passion for horses, but this dream nearly
ended before it started, as she had a nasty riding accident in 2011, where she smashed her foot so badly that
she underwent 4 operations, contracted Compartment Syndrome and almost lost her foot. Despite this
setback her determination to walk and then ride again saw her back in the saddle after 4 months and the rest is
history. Bella started her
journey with a borrowed pony called Rosie at the Warwick ODE in 2012 when her friend and owner of Rosie, Nicola, was injured. She
has since gone from strength to strength winning and placing at eventing, showjumping and dressage.
Bella also competes at Interschool Equestrian sports and this culminated in being awarded Showjumping
Champion, Showman Champion and Senior School Overall Equestrian Champion in 2012. She has also been
selected in the Pony Club Qld State Teams for dressage, showjumping and eventing and has represented her
school for Equestrian at both State and National level with great success.
In 2012 Bella was awarded Runner up Qld Young Dressage Rider of the Year and was
selected on the Young Riders Dressage Squad. Since winning the Remi Stud Young Rider Scholarship last
year, Bella has continued her winning ways. She has again been selected on the Qld Young Rider Squad, and
also won Champion Prelim/Novice Young Rider of the Year and Champion Prelim/Novice Pony of the Year 2013.
Bella is always respectful to her peers, competitors and even her parents, and when she is not competing she is always there encouraging and being
supportive of other members of her discipline and teams. Bella will help anyone with anything and is
truly a remarkable young lady.
In Bella’s short riding journey from the age of 10, she has faced every challenge
with courage, enthusiasm and total belief in the world of the horse. Equestrian sport in Qld has benefited from
Bella’s wonderful achievements, talent, inspirations of excellence, and sheer determination to be the best
person and rider that she can be. With young riders like her, our Equestrian sport will continue to
prosper in Australia well into the future. Remi Stud, together with their Supporters (EQ, EA, HorseForce,
Saddleworld, Team VDB, Virbac, Westvets, and Prydes Easifeed) are delighted that Isabella Wilkinson-McIntyre is
the inaugural winner of the Remi Stud Young Rider Scholarship in 2013. She is an inspiration to young riders
and old riders alike, and we look forward to watching Bella and Remi Livingstone competing together in the