FORMER Scone Grammar School pupil Chelsea Devenish is gearing up for a trip of a lifetime.
The teenager will be one of seven Year 11 students from the NEGS Equestrian Centre departing for the United States this month on a trailblazing tour to some of the most prestigious equine destinations in the world.
In the space of two weeks, the whistle stop journey includes Palm Beach, Ocala, Atlanta, Lexington, Kentucky and West Virginia.
And, Devenish can’t hide her excitement.
“I’m originally from Scone and began my education at Scone Grammar School, which I attended until Year 7,” she said.
“NEGS has offered me a great chance to further my knowledge of horse management and training by organising a trip to America where we will visit a variety of high-class facilities that will be such an amazing experience.
“I am most looking forward to learning about different disciplines and experiencing the different ways that the horses are prepared and trained in America.
“The opportunities that this trip can offer me are endless.
“I will meet so many people who have done very well with their horses.
“This will allow me to create connections and contacts that I can be in touch with when I leave school and wish to take a working gap year.
“My performance disciplines are camp drafting and stock horse showing.”
During the fortnight stint, the girls will visit some of the most prestigious equestrian locations in the world.
And, it’s the second tour that head of NEGS equestrian Imtiaz Anees, a former Olympian and NBC commentator, has organised to the States, after a hugely successful trip in 2017.
“The itinerary had been in the planning for more than six months,” he said.
“Connections in the horse industry are incredibly important.
“Part of this tour is about introducing our students so some of the most powerful and influential players in the equestrian industry.
“It will take them to world-class venues to watch grand prix showjumping, dressage demonstrations and high-profile polo matches.
“Students will visit the Kentucky Equine Research farm, thoroughbred racing stables and breeding studs, Keeneland Racetrack, Kentucky Horse Park, the Australian Equine Performance Centre, the Equine Rehabilitation Sanctuary and the prestigious Piedmont Hunt Kennels.
“They’ll have a fantastic opportunity to learn from the world’s best on equine nutrition, training, competition, fitness programs, rehabilitation, breeding, injury prevention and elite horse management.
“While having the time of their lives and broadening their horizons, the students will gain invaluable knowledge on what it takes to become highly successful in the equestrian industry, too.”