Georgia Allison gets international opportunity

Darfield High School show jumper Georgia Allison will compete in Morocco and Sydney over the next...
Darfield High School show jumper Georgia Allison will compete in Morocco and Sydney over the next month. PHOTO: Facebook.
It promises to be a busy couple of weeks for Darfield High School show-jumper Georgia Allison.

The 18-year-old will fly out to Morocco at the end of the week for the Global Amateur Tour where she will ride local horses and try to clear 1.20m jumps.

Georgia (right) will then represent New Zealand at the Marcus Oldham Australian inter-school championships in Sydney.The event at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre runs from September 29 to October 2.

Allison, who lives in Oxford, will be part of an eight-strong all women’s team to compete in the dressage and show-jumping. However, she will compete solely in the show-jumping.

Allison said show-jumping has always been part of her life.

“I’ve been riding since I was born it feels like – I did my first competition when I was two.

“International opportunities are what I’ve been working towards for a while and I’ve been short-listed for things but to get these opportunities is exciting.

“It will be good to test myself against international competitors.”

Allison is a self-described perfectionist.

“I think I’m mildly OCD, everything has to be perfect, but I think that’s why I did a lot of show-hunting to win in that grade. In show-jumping you go against the clock and as long as you jump well that’s what matters.

“I’m hoping for clear rounds at both competitions, given I don’t know the horses I’ll be riding.

“In Sydney we’ll only be jumping 1.05m, which will be different to Morocco, but if I can be consistent then I’ll be happy.”

 

 

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