The sky’s the limit for Ashlee’s equine career
Sixteen year old Ashlee Medlyn, is a step closer to achieving her qualification in 22246VIC Certificate II Equine Studies through GOTAFE’s specialist equine department, the National Centre for Equine Education (NCEE), after recently completing 40 hours of her Structured Workplace Learning at Forest Lodge Racing, Miners Rest, Victoria.
As a stable hand, Ashlee has had a variety of duties including the un-rugging and collection of horses from paddocks, grooming and preparation of horses for track riders, swimming and cooling down post-work and re-rugging and feeding and returning horses to their respective yards and paddocks.
“I absolutely loved my time at Forest Lodge Racing,” said Ashlee.
“The people are really nice and helpful. I didn’t want to leave.”
At the end of her Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Ashlee was lucky enough to be offered a position.
Ashlee started competing with Shetland ponies at the age of five and was riding at Victorian Agriculture Show level soon after. She has assisted with junior horsemanship lessons and visiting Chinese students’ horse rides as well as being a volunteer for the Hamilton Riding For The Disabled.
She has participated in camp drafting, barrel racing, show jumping, dressage, showing and eventing.
“Both Mum and Dad grew up with horses and as a child ever since I could sit up, I have always enjoyed being around horses” said Ashlee.
In 2014 Ashlee was Junior Horsemanship Captain at The Hamilton and Alexandra College in Hamilton and competed in the Interschool’s Championships in both 2014 and 2015.
Currently, a year 10 student at St. Arnaud Secondary College, Ashlee has put competing aside and is focusing on her studies.
Ashlee’s goal is to become a large animal vet or a mounted police person.