Young rider rises to the challenge

12 October 2017
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Year 11 student Jamie Mita will represent Australia at the World Dressage Challenge event held at Boneo Park next week (16 October).

Jamie, who began competing at the age of five, has already won four state and three national championships. She is a member of the Victorian Young Rider ‘A’ squad and was chosen to represent Victoria earlier this year at the 2017 New Zealand Young Rider Championship.

She also was selected as one of the top three finalists for the role of 2017 Young Dressage Ambassador of the Year. She hopes to represent Australia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Jamie said while competing in dressage was nerve-wracking, it was also exciting to be able perform in front of an audience and show people her love for the sport.

“I also believe one of the most challenging parts of dressage is to develop the horse’s trust in me as a rider,” she said.

“They are naturally flight animals so to educate them to be active and responsive but still relaxed in a big environment is the biggest challenge.”

Jamie is pictured here on her horse Carabino. She will compete on Carabino and her other horse Westewind in the upcoming event.


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