HORSE lover Paris Phillips is saddling up for a trip of a lifetime to America, where she will go on a whirlwind study tour trip of some of the most prestigious equine destinations in the world.
“This is my first time overseas, which makes the trip even more exciting,” said Paris.
The Moree local and six other year 11 students at NEGS Equestrian Centre will visit places such as Palm Beach, Ocala, Atlanta, Lexington, Kentucky and West Virigina, to gain invaluable knowledge about equestrianism.
“I am super excited to be part of such an enthusiastic and energetic group of girls. I am most looking forward to the diverse range of competitions and events we will attend and experiencing the culture that surrounds the equestrian lifestyle in America,” said Paris.
From world champions to world ranked legends in hand drivers and point to point steeplechase riders, students will learn firsthand about equine nutrition, training, competition, fitness programs, rehabilitation, breeding and injury prevention, and elite horse management.
“This trip will offer copious amounts of opportunities, which will help with my growing independence as a young female athlete,” said Paris.
It will be the second tour that former Olympian and NBC commentator and current NEGS Equestrian head Mr Imtiaz Anees has hosted, after a successful run in 2017.
“The itinerary had been in planning for over six months. Connections in the horse industry are incredibly important and part of this tour is about introducing our students to some of the most powerful and influential players in the equestrian industry,” he said.