When I was a teenager, I could have thought of nothing better than being born into an equestrian family. My mother in particular was amazingly supportive of her daughter’s out-ofthe-blue passion for horses, and did everything she could on a school teacher’s salary to let me ride. But I’d have given almost anything to have had the fortune to be raised on a farm like several of my pony club friends, with parents who themselves rode, who could have helped every step of the way.
It did always make me wonder, though, if children from these deeply horsey dynasties ride because it’s expected of them, rather than because it’s their authentic passion.
For this month’s cover story, which is partly to celebrate Mother’s Day on May 8, writer Helen Firth met three New Zealand mother-and-daughter combos who share a riding passion.
And it was fascinating to find out that the common thread between all three is that none of the mothers (who themselves were each born into equestrian families) insisted, expected or even particularly cared if their daughters rode or not. It had to come from a genuine desire and commitment, and in each case in our story − eventer Ginny Thompson, show jumper Emma Watson and dressage rider Tessa van Bruggen − the young women have done the hard yards, and are now reaping the rewards. It’s a terrific read, and I’m sure you will enjoy it. Also in this issue is a mother-daughter story with a twist. Claire Wilson’s interview is with a Taranaki mum who, after many years supporting her show jumping daughter, has herself taken up competing. Rather neatly, her daughter now comes to shows as her mother’s groom and support crew − it’s a real role reversal!
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Have a wonderful month.