Ded­i­ca­tion gar­ners wins

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

An­other Mata­mata res­i­dent who com­peted at Horse of the Year is Sarah West, 11, who came third in the 1.05 me­tre, 17-and-un­der show jump­ing class.

Sarah com­peted with more than 100 other chil­dren in the class.

Sarah said she gets her ded­i­ca­tion to horse rid­ing from her mum, Leanne West.

‘‘My mum al­ways en­cour­ages me to do my best,’’ Sarah said.

Mrs West said once Sarah started show jump­ing there was no look­ing back. ‘‘She is hun­gry when she is out rid­ing in com­pe­ti­tion. Hun­gry to win,’’ Mrs West said.

At Horse at the Year ( HOTY) Sarah com­peted on her pony Smurf, whose show name is Show­tym Cruiser.

Sarah en­joyed com­pet­ing at HOTY and spend­ing time with her friends.

‘‘It was cool. Ev­ery year it gets big­ger and bet­ter,’’ Sarah said.

‘‘It was good catch­ing up with my pony rid­ing friends from the South Is­land who I only get to see at Horse of the Year,’’ Sarah said.

One day Sarah hopes to com­pete in Pony Grand Prix (jump 1.35 me­tres) at HOTY.

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