Chloe O’Rourke rides for Sunbury Primary School

Chloe O'Rourke with her horse Sam. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

It doesn’t matter where you come from – it’s about where you go.

That’s the message that Sunbury schoolgirl Chloe O’Rourke hopes to project through her commitment to horse riding.

Eleven-year-old Chloe was Sunbury Primary School’s solo representative in its debut at Bacchus Marsh Grammar Interschool Dressage and Showjumping Day last Friday.

Donning her school uniform, Chloe represented the small public school with poise and was placed equal second in the dressage event.

Chloe’s mother Sharon O’Rourke said Chloe wanted to show that competing was about determination and support rather than wealth.

Ms O’Rourke said Chloe trained every day in the lead-up to the competition with support from Sunbury Pony Club’s teachers and past riders. The club also paid for Chloe’s entry into the event.

Ms O’Rourke said her daughter wanted to promote horse riding as a sport at public schools.

“You see netball and basketball as school sports, but you don’t see much horse riding.”