Jump­ing sis­ters make it a dou­ble

South Waikato News - - SPORT / TE PAPA HA¯KINAKINA - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Sis­ters Ally and Drew Car­son have had their hard work pay off af­ter land­ing a dou­ble win in show jump­ing at the Wairoa A and P Show.

Ally, 14, won the Pony Grand Prix on Tony the Pony while Drew, 16, placed first on Al­fie in the Telford Ju­nior Rider Se­ries.

Their events con­sisted of rounds in which they had to clear the bars within a cer­tain time.

In the fi­nals, the girls needed to be the fastest and clear the bars.

Their in­ter­est in the sport started at the Toko­roa Pony Club.

Drew, who started a year be­fore Ally, be­gan with event­ing but a ‘‘big crash’’ de­terred her pur­su­ing it fur­ther.

‘‘Me and the horse both flipped and we were both knocked out.’’

Her con­fi­dence was lack­ing but she slowly de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in showjump­ing and never looked back, with Ally fol­low­ing suit.

To­gether they train up to six times a week with their com­bined six horses and ponies.

And be­cause of their fam­ily’s ‘‘non­horse’’ back­ground, they travel to Taupo once a week to train un­der one of New Zealand’s best rid­ers, Dun­can McFar­lane and wife He­len.

Ally said one of the most dif­fi­cult as­pects of com­pet­i­tive rid­ing was for both the rider and horse to be in sync.

‘‘You’ve got to keep their mind in fo­cus . . . you’ve al­ways got stuff to work on.’’

De­spite their com­pet­i­tive na­tures, Ally said they are al­ways happy to help each other with prepa­ra­tions be­fore an event.

The pair have con­tin­ued to gain height on the bars they need to clear.

Drew moved up 10 cen­time­tres dur­ing the show and placed third on her first go.

DOU­BLE WIN: Ally, left, and Drew Car­son both won their show jump­ing event at the Wairoa A&P Show.

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