Blue ribbon win for Willow and Echo

Willow Donohoe and her horse Echo with their winning blue ribbon.  (Supplied by Western Australian College of Agriculture Denmark )

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Ambitious horse lover Willow Donohoe and her horse Echo have added more winning ribbons to their collection from this years WA State Show Jumping Championships.

The student at Western Australian College of Agriculture Denmark (WACoA) took the journey up to the State Equestrian Centre in Brigadoon for the competition. 

Ms Donohoe and her horse won first place in the jigsaw pairs 70cm jump and third place in a special two-phase 80cm event .

The wins were a joyous achievement for Ms Donohoe as she had injured her knee some time ago and her horse had also recovered from an injury.

“Going up there, it was such a big achievement for me and Echo,” she said.

“Six months ago, she fell in the float again and had a suspected fractured neck and I was told that I would never be able to jump her again.

“But she managed to heal from that and now she’s competing again and it’s just such a big achievement.”

Echo was an ex-racehorse and joined the Donohoe family with bucking, antisocial and challenging behaviour, but after some love and care they overcame those challenges.

WACoA year 11 student CJ Hill also participated in the event for the first time with her horse Cruiser and placed in two events.

“It’s much bigger and a bit more full on,” Ms Hill said.

“It was our first real big event in Perth- we’ve only really done shows local in Albany and Mt Barker.

“He [Cruiser] enjoyed it a lot, he thought it was fun.”

“She [Echo] went really well, so proud of her,” Ms Donohoe said.

CJ Hill and her horse Cruiser making a jump at the competition.  (Supplied by Western Australian College of Agriculture Denmark )

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