YOUNG jockey Chelsea Macfarlane says growing up in Swan Hill gave her every opportunity she needed to follow her childhood dream.
Macfarlane, who turns 21 next month, left Swan Hill at 15 years old to pursue her dreams, but says the key tools were learnt next to the Murray.
"I am more than happy that I grew up in a town where I had every opportunity to learn to ride," Macfarlane said.
"We definitely didn't have the best of the best ponies, but we learned what we needed to learn."
The dream to become a jockey came to Macfarlane early in her childhood, something she has her family to thank for.
"As kids, we were always put first. It really kicked off when mum started taking us off to the pony clubs. We were always around horses."
You can read the full story in Today's Guardian (April 19).