Rider steps up to international
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.
STIFF COMPETITION: Sarah Young aboard Regal Romar takes out her category in the Three Day Event.