Siobhan Sharples riding Icarus Silver Breeze.
A FORMER Islander is making her mark in the Australian equestrian world.
Former Carisbrooke College student Siobhan Sharples, 24, of Thorley, moved out to Australia to take a job working for the Icarus Park stud, and after just three weeks of working with one of the horses, scored success at the country’s biggest horse show, the Royal Melbourne Horse Show.
Riding Icarus Silver Breeze, they came third in two classes — best presented Irish draught or sport horse, and Irish drought or sport horse four years and over — second in the ridden Irish draught or sport horse, and went on to become reserve champion in the category.
She also had a second place finish in the Irish draught or sport female, with another horse, Icarus Silver Lily.
Despite her young age, Siobhan has plenty of experience working with and presenting horses.
She took her first job aged 16 with Shirley Light at the Brendan Stud in Sussex before working with top rider Louise Bell. A short spell back on the IW with Sally Rand then led to work with Southern Counties and Great Britain under-18s coach Mark Corbett in Basingstoke, and she began riding for him two years ago in eventing.
She made her move to the Icarus Stud at the beginning of the year, and her success at the Royal Melbourne Horse Show has put her name on the map regionally. She has already been asked to teach young riders at the Lancefield Riding Club, near where she lives.