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Fairholme College, Toowoomba QLD
40 Wirra Wirra St
07 4688 4688
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Dr Linda Evans
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 Riding for queensland


The National Interschool Championships is the pinnacle interschool event, with teams from all states competing in dressage, jumping, eventing, combined training and show horse over four days.

For the past ten months the Rigney family has supported 11 year old Bronte in her attempt to qualify for the Queensland Team, covering an estimated 20,000 kilometres to attend competitions and training.

Like most bush kids, Bronte’s riding journey began by attending Pony Club Camps at St George, Dirranbandi and Yarrill Creek.

After taking lessons with St George Riding Coach, Julie Rogan, Bronte began competing at local shows before finding the Interschool Competition was what she really enjoyed.

The grade six student from St Patrick’s Primary School in St George was all set to ride at Nationals in Primary Preliminary Dressage on her horse Licorice and Novice Dressage on Titan, a horse borrowed from the Mitchell family from ‘Gradna’, Talwood.

Then her plans were thrown into disarray when her big brother Angus Rigney was in a horrific car crash in July and her parents had to re-locate to Brisbane to assist in Angus’ recovery.

Bronte’s mother, Sally Rigney, said it was unwavering support of family and friends that saved the day and ensured Bronte’s life could continue as normally as possible.

Kirsten and Mark Riordan, welcomed Bronte and her two horses with open arms to their property at Southbrook, so she could train with her cousin Phoebe Riordan who was also on the Queensland Interschool Equestrian Team.

“We can’t thank the Riordans, Dressage Coach Helena Shanal and the whole team at ‘Morning View’ enough for keeping Bronte’s hopes alive.”

Mrs Rigney said Fairholme College also stepped in accepting Bronte as a day student on just one phone call and welcoming her as the youngest member on their Equestrian Team.

“Fairholme Equestrian Team Captains Mia Doering and Bree Robertson along with all the girls acted like big sisters to Bronte from day one,” Sally said.

“Her Fairholme teachers even gave up their holiday time to come to the National Championships to watch Bronte, Phoebe and the girls ride.”

The cousins did an outstanding job with Bronte gaining a fourth in the Preliminary Dressage, a ninth in the Novice and being part of the Queensland Primary Dressage Team that came third nationally.

Phoebe was third in Australia for Secondary Combined Training 80 cm and part of the Championship Queensland Combined Training Team and fifth overall in the Secondary Novice Dressage.

A big highlight for the girls was Angus Rigney being given leave from the PA Hospital Rehabilitation Program to come and watch them ride.

For Bronte, Nationals in Toowoomba is just the beginning.

“I love the camaraderie of being part of the team and have made so many friends along the way, so I am hoping to do it all again next year and qualify for Nationals in Werribee, Victoria.”

She just has to convince her parents first to take on that long road trip.

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One hundred years ago, three anxious but excited primary-aged girls clambered their way to the top of the eleven steps of the Fairholme Homestead, and thus began their journey, and our journey, as a provider of quality girls’ education.

Our College motto – ‘Ardens sed Virens’ – (burning yet flourishing) encapsulates the spirited heart of our College: spirit drawn from our Christian foundations. We are proudly a College of the Presbyterian Church in Queensland, an all-girls’ K – 12 day and boarding school with a co-educational kindergarten that seeks excellence for each and every student.

Perched on the edge of the Toowoomba escarpment, you just have to step into our beautiful grounds, and you know that Fairholme is not an ordinary school. It’s a school that celebrates its pursuit of excellence in academic, cultural and sporting fields whilst maintaining a clear commitment to active service – giving back at a local and international level.

Our school-leavers are invariably hopeful, determined young women who expect to do well in whatever field of study, or vocation that they choose. They understand perseverance, tenacity, and persistence and that choosing the hard over the easy often reaps the greatest rewards. Ultimately, they carry the legacy of all who have climbed the homestead stairs before them, and they remain inextricably linked to all with whom they have journeyed during their time at Fairholme.

We welcome your visit to our beautiful campus, at any time. Here, you can gain a greater sense of what it means to be a Fairholme girl: burning yet flourishing.

Warm regards

Dr Linda Evans | EdD, MA, BEdSt, Dip T, MACE, MACEL

Fairholme College

40 Wirra Wirra St 
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