Jessamy Wales (14) and her pony, Kiri, make a good team.
Jessamy, who is a member of the Teviot Valley Pony Club, and Kiri secured the most points in the intermediate section at the South Island Pony Club Show Jumping Championships, held at the Otago Taieri A&P Showgrounds last week.
Jessamy described the competition as a “really successful event” after clearing her second, third and fourth rounds.
“In my second round I went clear and got a second-place ribbon, so was pretty pleased with that, and in my third round I, again, went clear and picked up a fourth place. In my last round I went clear and won that class.
“It was a South Island event, so I was pretty happy with that,” she said, of the overall result.
Although she knew she had clear rounds, it was difficult to pick where she was sitting in terms of points until the winner was announced.
“A lot of riders have amazing rounds, so you just go in there and do your best and hope for the best.”
Jessamy teamed up with Kiri two years ago, but has been riding for as long as she can remember.
Competing in showjumping events is one of the things she loves most about the sport.
“There’s such amazing spirit about it. Everyone is so happy for you and so kind and it’s a pretty amazing atmosphere.”
That atmosphere will continue for Jessamy and Kiri over the coming weeks when they compete in the district’s upcoming A&P shows.
“My goal is always to go clear and I’m hoping to move up the heights a bit, so hopefully reaching about 1.15 metres.”
Jessamy was among 150 riders at last week’s showjumping event.
Other Central Otago riders competing at the champs came from clubs in Clyde, Hawea-Wanaka, Maniototo and the Wakatipu.