Riverton’s Sarah Wigney has been selected on the National Young Rider Elite Squad.
The 19-year-old showjumper is now part of Equestrian Australia’s national high-performance squad which is designed to identify our future Olympic Games and World Championship athletes.
This talent-identification squad recognises only the best of Australia’s young jumping riders, who are between the ages of 16 and 21 and competing at a top level.
Miss Wigney, business and commerce student at Adealide University, is one of two South Australian’s selected for the squad.
She is joined by Conor Reed, 16, of Penfield who is currently in year 11 at Trinity College, Gawler.
Selection of the National Young Rider Elite Squad is based on rider results from the National Young Rider Series and any talented young riders as identified by the National Selection Panel.
I feel very honoured to be selected on the Australian National Young Rider squad this year among a group of very talented riders...Sarah Wigney, Riverton
Miss Wigney gained selection through her consistent performances, winning one of the selection series events and finishing second in another selection series event interstate against tough competitors of national standing.
Her hardwork and commitment to riding has paid off with the selection.
“I feel very honoured to be selected on the Australian National Young Rider squad this year among a group of very talented riders from across the country,” Miss Wigney said.
“I was very fortunate to purchase my 15-year old warmblood horse; Kinnordy Giuliani, in early 2017 and compete him throughout the year in both South Australia and interstate, while also studying Year 12.”
Miss Wigney has seen success at high levels in the past few years.
She’s represented the state at both local and national events and seen great results where ever she has ridden.
You’ll most likely see Miss Wigney out and about at the Royal Adelaide Show, while she also attends a number of South Australian showjumping days and agricultural shows.
Without the help of her parents and sponsor, Miss Wigney said she wouldn’t be able to compete at the level she does.
“I am very thankful for my sponsor Dapple EQ (South Australian based equestrian apparel store) as well my very supportive parents, for without them, this would not be possible,” she said.
She has also, more locally, been a member of the Gums Horse and Pony Club, at Marrabel, for many years.