Am­bi­tious rider aim­ing for na­tion­als team.

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - rachel.ver­coe@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au RACHEL VER­COE

SHE’S ris­ing through the grades and on her way to reach­ing her goal to com­pete on the na­tion­als team next year with her beloved horse.

Coffs Har­bour’s Zoe Camp­bell and her horse Jac­quetta have re­cently re­turned from a 1000km trip to Al­bury to com­pete in dres­sage, event­ing and com­bined train­ing.

Af­ter win­ning the Queens­land zone two ODE cham­pi­onships, 16-year-old Zoe was el­i­gi­ble to com­pete at the Al­bury Wodonga Eques­trian Cen­tre and with the sup­port from her fam­ily em­barked on the two­day jour­ney south.

“We went down to Al­bury, it took two days of travel with a horse and com­peted in the ODE on Satur­day where we placed third,” Zoe said.

“On Sun­day we com­peted in the com­bined event and came third too.

“I did pick up a few faults that cost me the win in event­ing, they were en­tirely my fault as well so I was a bit an­noyed we placed third but in the end that’s the whole idea. Some cour­ses catch some peo­ple out and only the best get through.

“Third is still a re­ally great re­sult and I’m re­ally happy with it.

Com­bined train­ing re­quires com­peti­tors to per­form show jump­ing and dres­sage.

“I was quite shocked with our re­sult in com­bined train­ing as dres­sage is our weak point,” Zoe said.

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to do so well.”

Zoe has been com­pet­ing in ODEs (one-day events) since she was about 10 and took to event­ing when she found her horse en­joyed it more than show jump­ing.

“She’s quite a brave, for­ward-mov­ing horse,” Zoe said.

“We’ve been work­ing on event­ing and she took to it quite quickly and moved up grades quickly too.

“I’ve been rid­ing Jac­quetta since she was four and she’s now 11. We’ve grown up and fig­ured things out to­gether.”

Zoe will con­tinue to com­pete in events that will give her the right qual­i­fi­ca­tions to be se­lected for the na­tion­als team next year.

Photo: Rachel Ver­coe

RID­ING HIGH: Zoe Camp­bell and her horse Jac­quetta.

Photo: Rachel Ver­coe

DREAM TEAM: Zoe Camp­bell and her horse Jac­quetta.

Photo: Rachel Ver­coe

Zoe and Jac­quetta in ac­tion.

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