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Breakthrough win for Morgan Lane

VICTORY: Horsham’s Morgan Lane and Wynara Be My Valentine are national champions after triumphing at the 2018 Welsh National Show. Picture: LMG PHOTOGRAPHY

VICTORY: Horsham’s Morgan Lane and Wynara Be My Valentine are national champions after triumphing at the 2018 Welsh National Show. Picture: LMG PHOTOGRAPHY

By SARAH SCULLY
Horsham rising equestrian star Morgan Lane has scored her biggest coup to date, winning a national title at Tatura.
Morgan and Wynara Be My Valentine claimed victory in a children’s ridden open category at Welsh Pony and Cob Society Australia’s 2018 Welsh National Show.
Her mother Jo Lane, who owns the horse, said Team Lane had been working towards an Australian title for several years.
“We’ve been to the show for at least five years and a national title was always something we wanted to achieve,” she said.
“Each year we felt we were getting closer and to win this year was such a thrill.”
Mrs Lane said the pair took three horses and a foal to the event.
She said horses had to qualify at other events to be eligible for the national competition.
“We qualified at the Victorian All Welsh Show, which is the state show,” she said.
“Competitors for the nationals came from Western Australia, northern New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria, so there was a good representation.”
Mrs Lane said Morgan and Wynara Be My Valentine worked well together.
“First they had to compete in his height class and they had to win that. Then they had to compete for the national champion title,” she said.
Mrs Lane said competitors had to complete a Welsh Society workout, which included walking, trotting and cantering.
“They needed to be consistent and have show-ring presence,” she said.
“They need to have something that catches the eye of the judges. Morgan went kindly, softly and consistently.”
Mrs Lane said Team Lane would turn its attention to the 50th anniversary of the Welsh National Show in 2019.
“It’s going to be a really big show and we’re hoping to continue on this successful path,” she said.
Morgan is already a decorated rider, winning a state championship with Horsham Pony Club team-mates in 2017.
She also won Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly Junior Sports Star of the Year award in February.
Mrs Lane said her daughter was born into the sport.
“I’ve had horses since I was eight years old and my husband Justin is president of Horsham Harness Racing Club,” she said.
“Morgan has been riding since she was two-and-a-half years old and she’s now 14.
“This is her biggest win to date.”
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