Dedicated to thrill of competition
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.