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NZ Horse & Pony - - Rising Stars -

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.

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