Big achievement for young rider
Matamata’s Charlotte Chittick, 12, has conquered her highest achievement yet, winning the Under 13 Champion Rider of the Year class at New Zealand Horse of the Year.
The class is judged on the rider’s ability.
Charlotte’s mum, Lisa Chittick, said it is a sought after class. ‘‘In order to get in the class you have to qualify as a champion,’’ Mrs Chittick said.
Charlotte qualified for the class by winning champion rider classes throughout the year.
‘‘I enjoy the happiness when I do well,’’ Charlotte said.
Mrs Chittick said Charlotte was fantastic at Horse of the Year.
‘‘It’s a huge achievement and I think it’s great for a kid who puts in the hard work and effort to reap the rewards,’’ she said.
Horse of the Year (HOTY) is the largest equestrian event in the Southern Hemisphere, where 2500 combinations of horse and rider can compete in almost 20 disciplines.
The event is held annually in Hawke’s Bay and takes place from March 18-23.
Charlotte trains five to six days a week and competes every second or third weekend during the summer.
Her hard work and dedication is paying off as Charlotte also won the Paced and Manners class at HOTY.
‘‘Paced and Manners is how well the pony behaves and the pony showing itself off to the best of its ability,’’ Charlotte said.
Charlotte competed on her pony Buster. Charlotte began riding when she was only four years old and has high hopes for her equestrian career.
‘‘I don’t know if I want to do jumping or dressage but I’d like to end up at the Olympics,’’ Charlotte said.
Charlotte’s dad, Mark Chittick, said Charlotte has an unbelievable attitude.
‘‘She is hard working. Determined but composed,’’ he said.
Charlotte is going to Australia in December to represent New Zealand at Werribee, an international event. She will be competing on Buster.
Charlotte’s heroes are New Zealand equestrians’ Vanessa Way, Katie McVean and Kelly Van Dyk.
Charlotte would like to thank Felicity Keyte, Kelly Van Dyk and her parents for all of their support.
For more news from HOTY turn to page 24.
Champion in action: Charlotte Chittick competes at Horse of the Year on her pony Buster.