New Zealand to host tournament
Jousting, vaulting off horses, scooping up objects at high speed – mounted games are definitely not for the faint hearted and Matamata’s Jasmine Fawcett is so skilled she has been selected to represent New Zealand at the southern hemisphere championships for the second year running.
Fawcett, 17, has been involved in the sport for almost five years and said she just loved it.
‘‘Every second I am out there on the field is the best moment but the very best thing would have to be winning,’’ she said.
‘‘I also love meeting new people and the opportunities to travel across the world.’’
The St Peter’s School student said the sport played a big part in her life but she was not so keen on turning it into a career.
‘‘ I am out riding my horses every day but I only train for mounted games twice a week, with a competition every second weekend. I wouldn’t like to turn this into a career, because then my hobby would become work. But I do already help train and bring on the younger kids and their ponies,’’ she said.
The first ever southern hemi- sphere championships were held in South Africa last year and included the hosts, Australia and New Zealand. In 2011 New Zealand’s team of five riders and one reserve will have the home