Equestrian Sophie a star in the saddle
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.