Ded­i­cated to thrill of competition

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA McLEAY

Fawcett

is

driven

to Jas­mine suc­ceed.

Hours of train­ing, end­less com­pe­ti­tions and her de­vo­tion to her pony, Cam­bridge, have landed her a place in the New Zealand team com­pet­ing in the World Mounted Games Cham­pi­onships in Den­mark.

She will fly to Den­mark for the competition on July 11 to July 17 with four other top horse rid­ers in New Zealand.

The 17-year-old has been rid­ing since she was just two-years old and said she would never stop.

‘‘I want to be the world’s best for mounted games and I will keep go­ing un­til I get there,’’ she said.

Mounted games are more phys­i­cal than most horse rid­ing. They in­clude an ob­sta­cle course where the rider must com­plete tasks in­clud­ing vault­ing on and off the horse to pick up ob­jects and dis­play agility.

Jas­mine said she loves mounted games be­cause of the thrill she gets from com­pet­ing.

‘‘I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to to Den­mark and giv­ing this a go there too. It will be good to see what the competition is like around the world and to see Europe,’’ she said.

One dis­ad­van­tage of not com­pet­ing on home turf is that the team can­not take their own horses.

They will be loaned ones in Den­mark.

Jas­mine rode at the New Zealand Horse of the Year last month where her team came first in the South­ern Hemi­sphere Mounted Games Team Cham­pi­onships.

The competition was fast and fu­ri­ous be­tween Aus­tralia, South Africa and New Zealand at the event.

New Zealand won seven of the 10 races in the fi­nals, win­ning the competition by a wide mar­gin with 120.5 points.

Aus­tralia came sec­ond on 89.5 points and NZ Ki­wis were third with 75 points, hav­ing won the Speed Weavers Race in the fi­nals. South Africa ended up in fourth place on 51 points af­ter a sec­ond place in the Four Flag Race.

New Zealand team coach and

suit­able rider Julie Bor­land said she kept her team calm and fo­cused, and they rode with pro­fes­sional lev­els of ac­cu­racy and speed. Few er­rors were made, all of which were cor­rected in a flash – which helped them take the lead.

Jas­mine also won the Ju­nior In­di­vid­u­als ti­tle on Cam­bridge.

Win­ners: The New Zealand team, with Jas­mine Fawcett on the right, won the Mounted Games Cham­pi­onships at Horse of the Year last month.

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