ALONG COMES KARA
In 2016, Dimity’s daughter Kara was born and, like her mother, started riding at the earliest age, actually winning the tiny tot class at Cessnock show at 22 months. The charming fact is that the pony she won on, Byalee Baby (Dusty), was the same one that Dimity had learnt to ride on. Kara was able to ride Dusty by herself when she was two years of age. Like mother and grandmother alike!
The Loureys are back again in force. Ann-Maree is studying, riding, training and coaching as well as judging. Dimity is now full-time with the horses and also does three hours of cross-fit training a day and is heading to the Australian Championships.
In February this year, it was a competition at Alexander Park Dressage at Salt Ash in the Hunter Valley where Ann-Maree rode Byalee Breyer (Byalee Briar) in a test. Dimity, with Byalee Zorro, her event horse, rode an Advanced test and Kara rode Byalee Baby in a Prep test. Yes, Byalee Baby was Dimity’s first competition pony and now at the age of 38 was at the competition and being judged by the same judge who judged Dimity on board all those years ago. It was a special day and a special moment to see three generations all competing at the same competition, all on Byalee horses. Quite a feat.
The team now have great horses in training: Ann-Maree with Salao, a black imported Spanish PRE stallion training at Medium level, the imported Eldorado, an imported palomino Spanish PRE stallion just broken in; Dimity with Byalee Wow Wie at Grand Prix, an exciting Quando Quando four-year-old set for the young horse classes called Byalee Quandary, and Byalee U-Beaut, a colt by U-Genius; and Kara with Byalee Baby at age 38, while in the wings there’s a seven-year-old Welsh pony for her called Boots, who is a supreme champion already! One day she will inherit Wow as the ultimate schoolmaster and there could be a Total Hope filly waiting for her too.
All is looking bright for the Byalee team. And as the mantra for Ann-Maree has been from year dot … “Byalee – achieving the dream”. No more needs to be said. What an impact Ann-Maree has made on the world in so many ways. EQ
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