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Posted by Equestrian Queensland on 25/09/2023.
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Remi Stud Young Rider Scholarship 2023 winner

The Remi Stud Young Rider Scholarship is an annual Scholarship and is awarded to a very deserving Young Rider who has the talent and dedication in either dressage, showing, or eventing, but needs financial assistance to purchase a horse of their dreams. Cheryl O’Brien from Remi Stud has put together a great team of Supporters to help make this dream come true for one lucky young rider.
This Scholarship is an amazing opportunity for a young rider to have entry into the equestrian industry with support from a variety of Supporters. 

This year’s Scholarship weanling is sired by Remi Stud’s licensed Hanoverian stallion Remi Vigneron, whose dressage career to date has been outstanding, with 2023 being very successful, being crowned the CDN Inter I champion at the Sydney CDI earlier this year, and over the weekend winning the CDN PSG and CDN Inter I, culminating in being awarded the Small Tour Champion for the 2023 Brisbane CDI.

This is the 11th year of the Scholarship. Past winners are:

2013 – Isabella Wilkinson-McIntyre from Brisbane (Remi Livingstone S by Lauries As)

2014 – Alexander Barlow from Rockhampton Qld (Remi Liberty Belle S by Lauries As)

2015 – Jordyn Faint from Londonderry NSW (Remi Fall Guy S by Fishermans Friend)

2016 – George Grover from Tasmania (Remi Lord of the Vale S by Lauries As)

2017 – Olivia Ruzsicka from Humpty Doo NT (Remi Lazzarini S by Lauries As)

2018 – Saskia Smith from Orange NSW (Remi Lauries Dream S by Lauries As)

2019 – Charlotte Stephens from Samford Qld (Remi Lauristinus S by Lauries As)

2020 – Elise Payne from Ourimba NSW (Remi Laurentia S by Lauries As)

2021 – Amelia Dart from NSW (Remi Virtual Star S by Remi Vigneron – who is due to go under saddle by Matt later this year)

2022 – Georgia Creed from Biloela Qld (Remi Valdemar S by Remi Vigneron – who is growing quickly!)

So, on to this year’s winner – and it was with delight that Cheryl O’Brien from Remi Stud announced that the winner of the 2023 Remi Stud Young Rider Scholarship is...

Amy Bachmann from Ravenswood in Victoria! 

Amy has applied for this scholarship religiously over the years and was in the top 3 finalists twice! Having started riding on a giveaway Shetland pony as a child, she has progressed up to competing in the Pony Grand Prix at the Australian Dressage Championships last year on her pony Louie that she bought as a 5 year old show pony. They also won the Small Tour at the Australian Interschool Nationals and the FEI Pony Grand Champion at the 2020 Australian Dressage Championships.

Despite coming from a non-horsey home with limited funds, her mum and dad’s support as ‘horse parents’ was unwavering. Amy had lots of ambitions and would take on ponies rejected by other kids as too difficult to ride. More recently she was offered the ride on a 16yo 17hh gelding provided by her coach Julie Scougall, and recently started competing in Small Tour with scores of nearly 69% in the Inter I. They went on to win the FEI Junior at the Aust Youth Dressage Championships in 2018, the CDI Young Rider Championship at the Boneo CDI in 2020, and then they were awarded the Victorian Dressage Young Ambassador of the Year.

During Covid, Amy found her next project - a chestnut broodmare called Midge – who she thought could breed her some nice foals if she didn’t work out under saddle. In true Amy style, 3 years later Midge has just competed in her first U25 Grand Prix and are now ranked 132nd in the World FEI Young Rider class.

The sky is the limit for whatever horse Amy decides to take on so there is no doubt being given a purpose bred dressage horse will help continue her ambitions and reach her full potential.

Many congratulations to Amy! She is a very determined person who aspires to be the best at everything she does and we are looking forward to watching her journey with her beautiful weanling colt Remi Valentino S (aka Mario).

Release provided by Cheryl O'Brien

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