Stephanie Barrington - TC '08

Having begun her Toorak College journey in preschool, Stephanie says, ‘I so often heard the message that Toorak strives to create confident young women, willing and able to take their place in today’s society. We learned that even the many things we tried and perhaps didn’t shine at were still enjoyable and valuable.’ At school, Stephanie showed her determination to have a go, participating in everything, but it was the equestrian that really captured her imagination...

Having begun her Toorak College journey in preschool, Stephanie says, ‘I so often heard the message that Toorak strives to create confident young women, willing and able to take their place in today’s society. We learned that even the many things we tried and perhaps didn’t shine at were still enjoyable and valuable.’ At school, Stephanie showed her determination to have a go, participating in everything, but it was the equestrian that really captured her imagination. ‘At the age of six, I became part of the very first Toorak College Equestrian, and I remained a member right throughout my school life. Very early on I identified a life goal, and I can clearly remember times at school when we would be asked, “What would you like to do when you grow up?” to which I would always respond, “I want to win the Garryowen.” Nobody knew what I meant!’ In 2009, Stephanie competed in the Garryowen – one of the most difficult and prestigious equestrian competitions in Australia – winning the Best First Year Competitor Award and placing fifth overall. ‘I was absolutely thrilled, but spent the better part of the next two years preparing for my next attempt in 2011. This time, everything went like clockwork.’ Clearly, the judges across the categories agreed because that year, Stephanie placed first. ‘The event is held in honour of Violet Murrell, a rider who died in a stable fire trying to save her champion show horse, Garryowen. I believe that just competing in such an event is an honour, as it truly represents the indescribable bond that I have with my horse.’ Having completed a commerce degree at Monash University, Stephanie now works at Proctor & Gamble in Sydney, saying, ‘It was the company that I wanted to work for and having accepted the position, I am now finding this new challenge in my life an exciting one.’

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