Ararat Marian College's Hannah Wigg will represent both her regional and Victorian ties in two national events in October.
The state champion show jumper will compete at a national inter-school competition and the national pony club championships, both in Sydney.
"I'm so excited in my last year of school I qualified for the interschool event," she said.
"I have qualified in the past but it's always been too far to travel to.
"It's a great opportunity in my final year of school to be able to go and represent Marian College and the state."
After the interschool event, Wigg will have a short break before the national pony club championships.
"I will jump for four days for an individual ranking and a team ranking," she said.
"Ararat Pony Club has been really supportive of me and has even helped raise money to support my trip."
Wigg will compete with her horse Lilly, a dressage horse she trained to jump.
"She hasn't travelled this far before - the longest distance we have gone was to South Australia," she said.
"It will be a big trip but we'll take our time getting there and have measures in place to make it as comfortable as possible for her.
"It's a lot of jumping and I've been doing some extra fitness work with Lilly to make sure she's right for both competitions."
Both rider and horse have undergone extensive training in the lead up to the events.
"I have been riding every day and also had some extra lessons with my coach from Clunes," she said.
"I competed at the Victorian junior show jumping state championships where I placed second and in the Geelong show jumping classic, where I competed as a young adult and at a new height and I placed first.
"I feel like I'm in really great form going into the two upcoming competitions."
The year 12 student will study for end of year exams in between competing and programmed events.
"I have to attend a lot of official events like dinners," she said.
"Because I am one of the older competitors I will be a mentor to some of the younger riders. Some will be as young as primary school age students.
"I have gone away and studied before while competing. I set up in the float and it's a good way to switch off from the event and concentrate on something else."
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