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umeu’s Lucarne Dolley and her mare Devils Chocolate nished their season on a high, taking out the Young Dressage Rider of the Year. Lucarne (17) moved to New Zealand from England at the age of seven and got her rst pony a couple of years later. She took up dressage when she was o ered the ride on Sherwood Travelling Man, who was owned by her instructor at the time, Sharlene Royal. Lucarne went on to purchase the pony and produced him to Level 3, winning a class at HOY.
Her riding really took o when her parents Paul and Tina purchased the schoolmaster Mzungu for her when she was 14; the pair progressed quickly and were reserve champions in the YR at HOY last year. ‘Tom’ has since retired, and Lucarne has teamed up with ‘Matilda’, as Devils Chocolate is known at home.
“She’s a typical mare; at rst the tantrums would happen quite frequently, but they are less and less now. You’ve got to ask her nicely, as she’s very sensitive.”
e pair were reserve champions at Nationals this season to Molly Lumb and KH Arvan, but at HOY the positions were reversed. e girls are great friends, and both train with Vanessa Way.
Lucarne is currently in Year 13, studying via correspondence. Vanessa is falling into place. I got more than 70% from at least one of the judges in every test, and 70% has been my goal.
Valegro – he makes everything look so easy.
Tell us why people should sponsor you
I don’t have any sponsors, although my parents are amazing and have supported me so much. I would love people to sponsor me as I’m really dedicated – that’s why I do correspondence school.
Tell us about your trainers
Vanessa Way is just the best coach. e horses seem to be so happy with her and progress really well. She’s more than just a coach though, she’s my mentor too. She is so positive and gets me in the right head space. I de nitely wouldn’t be where I am without her.