Deniliquin’s Rachel Hare had a tremendous showing while competing for her country for the first time, with Australia winning the Aquis Tri-Nations Cup Showjumping in Toowoomba last month.
The event was held as part of the Pony Club Australia National Championships, with Australia’s team of four competing against France and China.
The 16 year-old and her Australian teammates were coached by Olympian Guy Creighton, and the teams competed in three showjumping rounds followed by a Nations Cup competition.
After the three rounds it was Australia in front from France and then China, while China claimed the standalone Nations Cup.
Rachel said representing her country was an amazing experience.
‘‘I’m quite proud of competing for Australia,’’ she said.
‘‘I was one of four selected for the side and was also one of five riders selected for the Victorian side that competed in the national event the same week.
‘‘My best result was a second in the grand prix event in the national titles.
‘‘Because I was involved in both the Tri-Nations and Nationals, I was competing every day.’’
Pony Club Australia CEO Catherine Ainsworth said riders from all teams in the Tri Nations competition were riding borrowed horses in the competition.
‘‘The horses were kindly lent by Pony Club members from Queensland,’’ she said.
‘‘The riders first met their horse on the Sunday and had very little time getting to know them.
‘‘This makes the competition both even and challenging for everyone.’’
During the week Rachel also competed for the Victorian team in the junior showjumping competition, riding her horse Beswick Boy.
The Victorian team came second overall behind Queensland.
Rachel hopes to compete at the NSW Showjumping Championships held from October 20 to 22.