Julianne Eagle has fallen off a horse, but it didn’t prevent her from getting right back on again.
“She had a bad fall a couple of years ago and had to go in the ambulance and people were really good here and then we got Rumpole,’’ said Mom Carrie. “He looks after her really well.’’
The change in horses was good to keep Julianne, now 12, going at the Vimy Western Riding Club.
“I was pretty scared,’’ she recalled. “I got back on and moved on.’’
The club provides a great family atmosphere for the Eagles of Ladysmith and others.
“We all get together,’’ said Carrie. “It’s almost like a convoy coming up here with a whole bunch of us trailering up. We all hang out outside of Vimy as well and have met lots of people. It’s a lot of fun.’’
Julianne started in the Lead Line class and worked her way up.
“It was scary to do the games part, but it was fun overall,’’ she said.
Julianne doesn’t show fear any longer and said the scurry event is her favourite.
“It’s like jumping,’’ she said.
Looking after horse Rumpole requires dedication from Julianne, but the two have formed a special bond.
“It takes a lot of work, but I love doing it,’’ she said.
Julianne’s dedication recently earned her the honours of being chosen the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial’s Cowichan Valley Youth Athlete of the Week for Aug. 20.