Showjumping is formally defined in the dictionary as: "the competitive sport of riding horses over a course of fences and other obstacles in an arena, with penalty points for errors." This definition merely scratches the surface of this sport. Many underestimate the sheer level of mud, sweat and tears that goes into every ounce of showjumping performance.
I'm a person who lives for challenge. Showjumping, being a sport that requires myself to work with powerful, intelligent animals, has challenged and pushed me to the brink of not only my physical ability but also my mental strength, and because of it I have gained new levels of perseverance and determination. Nothing brings me greater joy than being in the saddle.
I was born into a showjumping family, meaning that I was on the back of a horse before I could walk. Currently, I train with professional showjumper and horse trainer Chloe Hughes, and with former Gran Prix dressage rider Geraldine Eady. I have competed regularly over the past year and represented my local club and now QAHS in Interschool Competitions. Currently, my showjumping coach, Chloe, and I are preparing for 'Equestrian Australia Super Juniors' next year. In the showjumping world, 'Super Junior' refers to an age class within a large showjumping event, which requires qualification points to enter, where young riders across Australia, aged from 16-25, compete at a height of 1.25m-1.30m. Being able to compete at this level would be a massive achievement for not only myself but also for my wonderful horse, coaches and amazing sponsors.
COVID-19 has had a massive impact on the equestrian community. Competition events are no longer being held, which has disrupted my qualification schedule for Interschool States and Nationals this year. However, by staying focused upon my major goal of Super Juniors next year, my horse and I have taken this time to primarily focus on our training. While initially being unable to compete seemed like a disaster, I have recently come to appreciate how the situation has helped me to improve my riding. I plan on staying focused on my objective for next year's competition season with high hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic will soon become an event of the past.
Year 10 Student