NATIONAL PONY CHAMPIONSHIP22.02.2018
Show jumping is in the family of fifteen year old Darfield High School student Rosa Buist-Brown, who has been competing since the age of five.
Though she started at an early age it really wasn’t until she turned ten that she become serious about show jumping. Up until then Rosa had just been participating because older sister, Molly, was serious about it and would hand down her horses to her.
Now she couldn’t be more serious, competing in a range of competitions every weekend. Rosa travels throughout the South Island from mid September through to mid March; the show jumping season.
Rosa recently demonstrated exactly how dedicated and passionate she is about show jumping at the New Zealand National Championship held at McLean’s Island in Christchurch where she took out the title of New Zealand National Champion Grand Prix, with her horse Junior Disco.
Rosa and eleven year old, Junior Disco, have been together for three years, and they started riding Grand Prix two years ago.
The current competition was run over three rounds, instead of the usual five, meaning that it was a test in consistency, fitness and ability to stay cool, calm and collected. Rosa’s mother, Rochelle Buist said, “last year Rosa got so nervous after taking the lead that she ended up losing her concentration and losing the lead too.”
This year, however, Rosa went into the second round in sixth place, and moved to third place for the final round.
With first and second placeholders both taking out rails in round three, Rosa and Disco pulled out a stunning performance, jumping the course and moving up to take the win.
This win would not have been possible without the training Rosa puts in, which consists of hacking and flat work, and lunging during the season.
“She doesn’t jump often at home unless having a lesson with her North Island based instructor Duncan McFarlane,” Rochelle explained. “Duncan travels to Christchurch every six weeks for two day clinics held at Rosa’s home, which operates as an Equestrian Centre.
Rosa is now looking forward to competing in the Pony of the Year, “sister, Molly won Nationals when she was fifteen as well, and then was lucky enough to win Pony of the Year in 2015, so Rosa would dearly love to keep that family tradition alive and well,” Rochelle concluded.