Rider steps up to in­ter­na­tional

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Sarah Young will ful­fil her life­long dream as she takes her horse rid­ing ca­reer to the next level.

Dreams of rid­ing over­seas quickly be­came a re­al­ity as an event win led to a place in the NZ Young Rider Ocea­nia Team.

Young will travel to Aus­tralia in June to com­pete in the Three Day Event in Mel­bourne.

‘‘It’s been a long term goal of mine,’’ she said.

The se­lec­tion was based on her per­for­mance at the Event­ing Can­ter­bury FEI South Is­land Three Day Event.

Toko­roa’s Young and her horse Re­gal Ro­mar took out Devi Heat­ing Sys­tems CCI1*.

‘‘I was re­ally ex­cited es­pe­cially be­cause it’s a Na­tional Three Day Event Ti­tle,’’ she said.

The Three Day Event com­prises of three phases of Dressage, Cross Coun­try and Show Jump­ing.

But it was hard work for Young and her fam­ily as they pre­pared for the event.

Not only did the 18-year old com­mit to her train­ing, she also jug­gled her first year of univer­sity.

With sup­port from her fam­ily she man­aged to keep on track.

‘‘It’s been a hard road,’’ she said.

The road may have been long but suc­cess in horse rid­ing has al­ways fac­tored into her fu­ture.

Big dreams and de­ter­mi­na­tion have been on the cards for Young since she was five-years old.

‘‘It’s ev­ery lit­tle girl’s dream to ride a pony,’’ she said.

But Young was more driven than oth­ers and as­pired to a goal of rid­ing in the Olympics.

The na­tional win is just the first step to the op­por­tu­ni­ties that lie over­seas.

Prior to the event, Young was awarded Best Ju­nior Rider at the Puhinui In­ter­na­tional Three Day Event in De­cem­ber last year aboard SS Galaxy.

She claimed vic­tory at the One Day event at Puhinui CIC1* ear­lier this year aboard Re­gal Ro­mar and sec­ond at the Ki­hik­ihi in­ter­na­tional Horse Trial CIC2* early this month aboard SS Galaxy also.

Photo: AN­NIE STUDHOLME

STIFF COM­PE­TI­TION: Sarah Young aboard Re­gal Ro­mar takes out her cat­e­gory in the Three Day Event.

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