Dedication garners wins
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.