Skills put on show

Winner: Michaela Wastell, of Clare, (aboard the horse) will visit Taupo in September to compete in the Australian Youth team. Photo: Ace Photography.
Winner: Michaela Wastell, of Clare, (aboard the horse) will visit Taupo in September to compete in the Australian Youth team. Photo: Ace Photography.
Michaela Wastell.

Michaela Wastell.

Clare youth Michaela Wastell will put all her skills into practice this September as she prepares to represent Australia.

The second time she will represent Australia - the first at Youth World Cup - Miss Wastell will compete in the Australian Quarter Horse Association's Trans Tasman Challenge event, to be held in Taupo, New Zealand.

To top it off, she's the only South Australian taking part.

Miss Wastell, a youth competitor, will be joined by a number of girls and amateur women as they look to take on their NZ opponents.

Competing in a number of events including hunter under saddle and versatility, Miss Wastell said it was just one day of competition - all on a borrowed horse.

"It will be quite a long day, with many gear changes," Miss Wastell said.

In 2018, Miss Wastell competed at the Youth World Cup and she said the experience in America would help her in NZ.

"Doing the Youth World Cup has prepared me to be a better rider in New Zealand," she said.

Since selection, just two months ago, Miss Wastell has continued to train and despite the fact competitions were on a winter break.

She expects to ride her own horse when the show season starts in September before heading to New Zealand and would then come home to compete throughout SA and Australia.

Training for the competition has included working her own horse - even though he won't be used - five days a week and going for a run four days a week.

While she won't ride her own horse, Miss Wastell said the team would draw a group of horses to borrow for the day's competition.

"I am most definitely excited by this competition, mum is coming this time and she is excited," she said.

The Trans Tasman Challenge will be held from September 30 to October 6.