Emma tak­ing flight in NZ team

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By MERE­ANA AUSTIN

Great things come in small pack­ages and Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Emma Bar­nett, 14, will be out to prove that later this month.

Emma will com­pete with minia­ture horses at the Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional Eques­trian cen­tre from April 18 un­til April 27.

She con­sid­ers her­self lucky to be se­lected for the In­ter­na­tional youth team chal­lenge along­side five other New Zealan­ders who will com­pete in the Aus­tralian show.

To be se­lected, con­tes­tants had to ap­ply. Emma sent in an ap­pli­ca­tion letter and cur­ricu­lum vitae which in­cluded records of pre­vi­ous shows she had won.

Last year she was the New Zealand minia­ture horse ju­nior youth cham­pion and this year she won se­nior youth over­all cham­pion.

‘‘I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing what the horses are like over there and how they breed them, as it is dif­fer­ent from here,’’ she said.

‘‘I am also look­ing for­ward to the hunt­ing as­pect which in­volves jump­ing be­cause it has al­ways been my favourite.’’

The competition in­volves lead­ing the horse by its hal­ter through a num­ber of cour­ses and is judged on hunt­ing, ob­sta­cle cour­ses and a rou­tine per­for­mance that Emma and her horse com­plete to­gether with no phys­i­cal con­tact.

Emma be­came in­volved with minia­ture horses five years ago when her grand­fa­ther, who owns 30 horses, most of which are Amer­i­can im­ports, first in­tro­duced her to the sport and she has loved it ever since. She is only al­lowed to take a small num­ber of the horses with her to Aus­tralia.

‘‘I hope to be able to take my horse, To­tara Creek Re­al­ity Shi­raz, with me to Aus­tralia. He has al­ways been a favourite,’’ Emma said.

In sup­port of her trip, Mata­mata Col­lege had a mufti day in which they raised $600, to put to­wards the $3500 that the trip will cost.

In the fu­ture Emma said she would like to go to the world show in Amer­ica and start rid­ing horses as well.

Fly­ing leap: Sher­woods Yan­kees Crys­tal Doll leaps over a jump, led by Emma Bar­nett at a minia­ture horse competition.

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