Bonnie Farrant and her horse Kaipara Dior (Darcy) have been
selected in the New Zealand young riders team to compete
against Australia. Photo supplied.
Two young Canterbury riders have been selected to
represent New Zealand in equestrian next month.
Rangiora's Bonnie Farrant and former Rakaia rider Madison
Crowe have been selected in the under-21 New Zealand young
riders team to compete in the Oceania team championships
against Australia at the Melbourne International Horse Trials
from June 5-9.
The New Zealand and Australian young rider teams last met in
Christchurch in 2012, with New Zealand coming out on top.
New Zealand also won back-to-back in Australia at Camperdown
in 2009 and Christchurch in 2010.
''The team [members] are eager to replicate that outstanding
achievement and to continue New Zealand's winning streak,''
Bonnie (18) said.
Wearing the silver fern has been a dream for Bonnie since the
age of 9.
While she was born on Australia's Gold Coast, she came to New
Zealand with her parents when she was 9 years old and
received her first pony soon after.
Bonnie said her proudest achievement so far was winning the
national junior (under-18) rider title in 2012 on her own
mare she has brought up through the grades herself, Kaipara
Dior, known as Darcy and now 8 years old.
Bonnie was now studying in her first year of an environmental
science degree at Massey University.
Bonnie said she was able to juggle horses and studies, by
keeping her two horses at the Massey University Equestrian
Fundraising assistance can be explored at https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/BonnieFarrant.
While originally from Rakaia, Madison was now based in
Waikato under the guidance of former Olympian Clarke
With her father a polo player, it is no surprise that Madison
has been riding since she was 6 years old.
This year she won the New Zealand one-day eventing young
rider title. Madison was in her third year studying for a
commerce degree by distance from Lincoln University.
However, she intended to return to Lincoln full time in July
to finish her degree.