Aus­tralia con­quered — now sights set on Amer­ica

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - PAM JONES pam.jones@odt.co.nz

RANFURLY teenager Amanda Voice has notched up an­other set of medals as she con­tin­ues her quest to at­tend a world Amer­i­can quar­ter horse event.

Amanda (15) won two gold, a sil­ver and a bronze medal at the Aus­tralian Quar­ter Horse As­so­ci­a­tion’s re­cent Trans Tas­man Chal­lenge in Queens­land.

She is now con­tin­u­ing to train with her horses, 8­yearold Wade and 6­year­old Slider, still aim­ing for se­lec­tion in the New Zealand team that will at­tend the 2018 Amer­i­can Quar­ter Horse Youth World Cup in Texas next year.

Amanda, who has var­i­ous na­tional ti­tles to her name, said quar­ter horses — so named be­cause of their abil­ity to out­pace other horse breeds in races of a quar­ter mile or less — were ‘‘beau­ti­ful to work with’’.

‘‘The quar­ter horse breed is amaz­ing. They’re such a will­ing horse — they’ll do any­thing you ask. They’re such a nice horse to ride and they’re very ver­sa­tile.’’

Amanda, who started com­pet­ing in West­ern per­for­mance events when she was just 8 years old, now trains for about four hours a day on week­days — ris­ing at 5.30 each morn­ing and train­ing be­fore and af­ter school — and up to eight hours a day at the week­ends.

She said her love of horses and the sat­is­fac­tion of suc­cess were her mo­ti­va­tion.

‘‘I’m a per­son who works hard and I like to see what you get when you work hard. For me to go to Aus­tralia [for the Trans Tas­man Chal­lenge] was an ac­com­plish­ment for all the hard work I’ve put into it.

‘‘And it’s just the love of rid­ing horses. It’s just some­thing I get up in the morn­ing and do with­out sec­ond­think­ing it.’’

Amanda has one fi­nal se­lec­tion camp, in Jan­uary, to at­tend be­fore she finds out whether she has made it into the na­tional team for the youth world cup in the United States.

❛ I’m a per­son who works hard and I like to see what you get when you work hard

PHOTO: PAM JONES

Fine form . . . Ranfurly teen Amanda Voice re­laxes with her horses Slider (left) and Wade. The 15­yearold has just won a host of medals at the Aus­tralian Quar­ter Horse As­so­ci­a­tion’s Trans Tas­man Chal­lenge, and has her eyes set on se­lec­tion for an up­com­ing in­ter­na­tional event in the United States.

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