Olivia Pennisi of Sheldon is no novice to Ekka competition, but this year her small Galloway horse Pinjarrah Park will be a first timer.
Pennisi, 40, has high hopes for the horse, given its recent success, winning showhorse Queensland rising star Galloway and taking out newcomer equestrian Queensland in June and winning northern NSW hack championship in May.
"My baby is turning five and this is the second season but first time at the Ekka," she said.
Pinjarrah Park Just A Dream ('aka' William) will be competing in about 30 classes over the Ekka period, including riding classes, led ridden and breed classes.
Pennisi is hoping this competition will add to a swag of medals won at various competitions at the Ekka spanning about 20 years.
"I enjoy the Ekka. I enjoy involving my city friends in what I do with my country and horse friends," she said.
"Horses are very unpredictable and keeping them healthy and sound is a hard task in itself. The quality of horses competing at the ekka is extremely high and to get a place is very exciting. I am looking forward to the experience with this youngster and making some new memories for the 2019 ekka."
Pennisi said she ran four horses at her Sheldon property, two retired and another a riding pony. Now aged 40, her first competition was at age five at various ad hoc pony club events.
This year's Ekka runs from August 9 to 18. More on ekka.com.au