Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Horseman Rises Above

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Horseman Rises Above

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JOSHUA Dingle didn't say one word during his first few months at his favourite horse club.

Now, the Adare teenager has blossomed into an accomplished horseman and inspirational mentor, and gained state-wide recognition for his achievements as a nominee for the Queensland Young Achiever Awards.

Since joining the Lockyer Valley Riding for Disabled Association in 2014, Josh has overcome his social difficulties with non-communicative, non-social Asperger's syndrome to become a respected leader in his group.

"I'd say it's all been a pretty big challenge; just getting up there and doing it all," he said.

"I'm just trying to see how far I can get (with the sport)."

It is challenges like these which are acknowledged in Josh's nomination for the LGIAsuper Community Volunteer Award category.

But his achievements speak for themselves. Earlier this year, Josh had brought home a slew of wins from the Pinto State Championships, the RDA State Championships and in a national video competition. …

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