Eques­trian So­phie a star in the sad­dle

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER SPORT - By PETER HUNT

LO­CAL eques­trian rider, So­phie Fox, 18, a mem­ber of Mans­field Pony Club, was an­nounced as the Eques­trian Vic­to­ria Young Event­ing Rider of the Year for 2016, which sees her named the Au­gust nom­i­na­tion for Sportsper­son of the Year.

The pre­sen­ta­tion at the Moonee Val­ley Race­course saw Fox ac­knowl­edged for a great year.

Fox has had a very suc­cess­ful 12 months in her cho­sen sport, at­tend­ing Pony Club State and Na­tional Cham­pi­onships with great re­sults.

Event­ing in­volves the three dis­ci­plines of dres­sage, show jump­ing and cross-coun­try.

She was also very suc­cess­ful at the re­cent Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Three Day event, com­pet­ing on two horses, Prac­tice Makes Per­fect and La Princesse, plac­ing high up in the field on both horses which is a huge achieve­ment at in­ter­na­tional level.

This award is a very pres­ti­gious one that was de­cided through a panel of highly recog­nised coaches and se­lec­tors within the Aus­tralian Eques­trian com­mu­nity.

“I had to ap­ply and from the ap­pli­ca­tions was se­lected as one of the top 10,” she said.

“That 10 had to com­pete at Wer­ribee for a day on horse for dres­sage and jump­ing, as­sessed for fit­ness, and at­tended work­shops on horse man­age­ment.”

Fox has been rid­ing since she was three.

“I am cur­rently in year 12, study­ing for the VCE and work­ing two days a week as a nurse at De­latite Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices,” she out­lined.

“At the mo­ment I have a nine year old La Princesse and a six year old Isle of New Nor­folk and a few young horses com­ing through.

“I am aim­ing for the 2022 World Eques­trian Games which will prob­a­bly be in Ade­laide,” she ex­plained.

So­phie has been a mem­ber of Mans­field Pony Club for a long time and a club spokesper­son said, “she has also been a huge role model for all the younger rid­ers at our club”.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As sports­peo­ple are only al­lowed two wins of the Sportsper­son of the Year Award, Cather­ine Skin­ner is in­el­i­gi­ble de­spite her gold medal. How­ever, at the Sportsper­son of the Year pre­sen­ta­tion night in Fe­bru­ary Cather­ine will be pre­sented with a spe­cial award ac­knowl­edg­ing the first Sportsper­son to go on to Olympic glory.

THREE DAY EVENT: So­phie Fox on her horse Prac­tice Makes Per­fect at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional three day event.

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