Melissa Blair was out competing at her local riding club when a woman she didn’t know came up to speak to her. “I’ve been watching you since the day you first came out,” she told Melissa, gesturing to her Standardbred mount, Astro. “Enough that when a Standardbred came up for sale the other week, I thought of you and I bought it.”
Melissa was speechless. When she had first begun competing at HRCAV (Horse Riding Club Association of Victoria), she had been riding the only Standardbred at most events she attended. Nowadays, she thinks there are a few more on the circuit – but this was a true breakthrough.