Scone High School student Gracie Bates returns home after successful campaign at NSW Equestrian Interschool Championships

THE future looks bright for teenager Gracie Bates.

The Scone High School Year 9 student finished first in her class at the NSW Equestrian Interschool Vaulting Championships at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Horsley Park, at the weekend.

She beat a field of 14 competitors to snare the preliminary individual title.

The youngster, coached by Robyn Boyle from the Scone Equestrian Centre, has been vaulting for two-and-a-half years.

“I am impressed by Gracie and the dedication of many students from our school in both the equine and agricultural fields,” Scone High principal Brian Drewe said.

“These pupils and their families often have to travel and compete on weekends, as well as put in many, many, hours of preparation and training.

“This was a great result at the NSW Equestrian Interschool Vaulting Championships.

“And, Gracie along with her coach, family, as well as her supporters and colleagues from the Scone Equestrian Centre, should all be congratulated.”