Lisa Atwood Lisa Atwood is an honour-roll student. Petite with classic good looks, Lisa dresses in designer clothes and would never wear anything as outrageous as Stevie, but she does admire her individuality. Lisa struggles to overcome the 'good girl' image and is eager to take on new challenges to prove her strength and stamina.
Lisa starts out riding Patch, the perfectly trained 'push-button' school pony at Pine Hollow. Eventually she graduates to riding Prancer, the chestnut thoroughbred mare. Lisa is determined to make a show jumper out of the ex-racehorse, but the blue ribbon remains elusive.
Lisa is an over-achiever and perfectionist thanks to her mother, who lives her life through Lisa. She is always striving to be that little bit better than everybody else: so although she is a loyal friend to Carole and Stevie, there is always that edge of rivalry between them to keep things interesting.
As she becomes more and more accepted at Pine Hollow and her friendship with Carole and Lisa grows, her sense of insecurity lessens and she is much happier in her skin.
Lisa's mother, Eleanor, is a determined social climber and she sees the horse world as a way of her daughter being accepted into the 'right' circles. As well as the riding lessons, Lisa takes ballet, piano, art and tennis classes and she is envious of girls who can go home after school and just veg. out. Lisa's younger sister, Melanie, who excels at everything she does, has now been enrolled at Pine Hollow. Melanie worships her older sister but unfortunately for Lisa, this means she will always be underfoot.
Lara Marshall Plays Lisa Atwood in Series 1 When Lara was taken to see her first stage show at four years of age, she refused to leave the theatre when it was finished. She just sat, enthralled, and her love affair with all things theatrical has continued. Her first role was the lamb in Charlotte's Web, a Kidz for Kidz production, at age seven and she sang and danced in Babes in Toyland for the People's Playhouse. But her first big break came when she was chosen to play Young Eponine in Les Miserables, Cameron Mackintosh's 10th Anniversary presentation in Melbourne.
A good all-rounder at school, Lara was voted House Captain. She is a strong swimmer, won prizes in Sewing at the Red Hill Show, was a member of the school choir, learnt Japanese and is good at cross country. Lara has two dogs called Elvis and Priscella and a guinea pig called Twinkle Toes.
"I like her. She does a lot in her life and I do too. She is a bit nervous of her mother who is too controlling and she doesn't like her sister very much, because her sister can be a bit annoying. I think Lisa makes friends easily but sometimes she feels a bit stressed."