Eques­trian ti­tles mount up for Jor­jia

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

It’s not sur­pris­ing that Jor­jia Weck is an up­com­ing eques­trian su­per star.

Her mother Cherie was a show jumper and the 11-yearold Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate School stu­dent can re­mem­ber be­ing placed on the back of a pony just af­ter her first birth­day.

‘‘Ev­ery­one tells me I was still in nap­pies,’’ she said.

Jor­jia com­peted in her first A&P Show when she was three years old and shas not looked back.

The list achieve­ments many.

Jor­jia and her pony Aschbrooke Bracken won the Na­tional Supreme 13.2 pony ti­tle in Dan­nevirke this year, also tak­ing out the rid­ing pony sash and the pony breed­ers sash.

To­gether they were also crowned the supreme 13.2 pony at the North Is­land Premier Show.

‘‘We have had a very suc­cess­ful sea­son win­ning count- of to

Jor­jia’s date are less supreme cham­pi­onship classes,’’ Jor­jia said.

‘‘My lovely pony Oak­lands Park Gold­stream gave me a great ride at this year’s Horse of the Year show in Hast­ings. I was so ex­cited when I was an­nounced the win­ner of the ju­nior rider of the year ti­tle.’’

Jor­jia will be rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand at the EFA Horse and Rider show held in Wer­ribee, Mel­bourne in De­cem­ber this year.

She will be com­pet­ing against Aus­tralia’s best rid­ers 14 years and un­der.

‘‘ I can’t wait; it great,’’ she said.

‘‘I was over there two years ago on my 12.2 pony Glen­brooke Pocket Money.

‘‘It was an ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time for me.’’

Jor­jia said she would like to thank the Mata­mata com­mu­nity for their sup­port.

‘‘I would also like to give spe­cial thanks to David Swap, Co­mag, The Ware­house, New World, Kaimai Cheese, Manawaru Sands, G N Hill, Laser Plumb­ing and Elec­tri­cal for their huge gen­eros­ity,’’ Jor­jia said. ‘‘I am so proud of

will

be my ponies, they have both been very good to me – all the hard work is so worth it.’’

She also cred­its a lot of her suc­cess to the in­flu­ence of her role model and rid­ing in­struc­tor Amanda Ber­ridge.

‘‘Amanda has re­ally helped me a lot.

‘‘I want to be just like her one day.’’

Look­ing into the fu­ture, Jor­jia said she re­ally wants to start par­tic­i­pat­ing in dres­sage events.

As for fol­low­ing in her mother’s foot­steps Jor­jia said she may look at show jump­ing at some stage later on down the track.

‘‘ Jump­ing out a bit.’’

still

freaks me

On a mis­sion: Jor­jia Weck at the 2011 Horse of the Year show in Hast­ings.

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