By Abbey Cannan
Horses have been her life ever since she was born, and now this Noosa teenager has won two national equestrian championships.
Tewantin local Alissa Dinnage grew up travelling to shows with her mum, and her recent trip to Tamworth was the place where all her hard work paid off.
When they announced her name as the winner, Alissa said her jaw dropped.
“Although I have had many reserve nationals and state titles, these wins would have to be the most special ones as its taken me and Roanie a long time to get where we are now,“ she said.
“I felt so proud. It was such an amazing feeling to know all the hard work I had done fell into place. It was such an incredible feeling.“
Her showing career in the Australian Quarter Horse Association began from an early age and her passion only continues to grow.
“Growing up I would watch all of my mums classes and wait my turn to do my lead line class,“ she said.
“I am very passionate about what I do as I love the rewarding feeling when all the hard work you have done falls into place.
“Horses have been my life ever since I was born and will continue to be for the rest of my life.“
Alissa said her future goals would be to compete at the high level shows over in America.
“Although it will take me a while to get there I am determined to do everything I can to make my dreams come true,“ she said.
“I would also like to compete at the youth world cup before my youth years end.“
Although she has worked hard for her accomplishments, Alissa said a lot of people have helped her along the journey.
“I would like to thank you Mum and Dad who have supported me throughout the years,“ she said.
“Also my amazing trainers Natasha and Travis Humphries who have helped me get to where I am today. I would not have been able to do it without you.
“Last but not least to my amazing Roanie pony who always gives it 110 per cent no matter what.“