New Zealand to host tour­na­ment

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NICKI DAVID­SON

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

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