Name: Desiree Clarke
Pursuit: Individual Recipient - Eventing and Show Jumping
Desiree is a self-confessed horse riding fanatic from Kalgoorlie in WA. She has a determination and passion for the sport that is second to none but believes her success comes from a strong partnership with her horse. Competing at a State level for the last two years, Desirees goal for 2011 is to compete nationally. Living in a remote mining town, provides substantial challenges in terms of reaching qualifying events around the country. It is not uncommon for Desiree to travel 1600 kilometres alone towing her horse in a horse float to attend a State Championship event. Desiree finances the sport herself while working full time. In addition she is also a very active Pony Club member spending a lot of time giving unpaid lessons to younger members as well as assistance with fundraising and events. Desiree is a great ambassador for the sport.
When did you start?
I started riding when I was 5 getting weekly lessons, I got my first pony when I was about 7 and I haven’t been able to stop since!
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement would be when I came first and second competing on my two horses that I trained from the start at state show jumping. And of course receiving the Layne Beachley Grant!
What is your dream?
To compete all over the world on my own horses, training them from the beginning.
Who or what have inspired you?
Who's your hero?
I don’t have one specific hero I take inspiration from people who haven’t been given the best opportunities but make the most of it.
Any other special talents?
Lady Gaga, Keisha and Katy Perry – anything that makes me want to get up and dance!
The Notebook and Step Brothers
Favourite TV Show?
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
As I live in a remote country town getting to events costs a lot so I would like to use the money to get to bigger shows in Perth and get more noticed
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
Don’t follow your dreams chase them – Richard Dumb