Rider loves big events
KATHY Jones has been riding eventing horses for 17 years and is happy to jump in the truck and head to Sydney or Adelaide to compete with the best in the nation.
The Warwick rider won the two-star event at Fig Tree Pocket on Murrabong Kinganui last year and campaigned the same horse with a 16th placing in a field of 33 at the Adelaide International in November.
Once you have a promising horse in eventing, there are offers from other riders and Kinganui was sold two months ago to a young rider from India to compete in the Asian Games.
Jones made the 2009 Queensland elite eventing squad on Kinganui.
“It is a bit of a circle, you sell one horse and then start competing on another horse and aim to go through the grades to the top level,” Jones said.
“I am just glad Kinganui is doing well for the rider from India.”
In the decade since the Sydney Olympics, Jones has regularly competed at Horsley Park, the venue used when Australia won gold in the teams' eventing.
At the weekend, she was fifth on Room to Zoom in the CIC one star at the Warwick Horse Trials Club event at Morgan Park.
Room to Zoom is owned by Trudy Freeman, of Toowoomba, and Jones may compete on the same horse at the Adelaide International in November. She qualified at the weekend for Adelaide.
Jones is also in the market for another young horse with prospects to rise to three-star.
She would love to advance a horse to three-star, a class in which the annual Warwick event is the only one in Queensland each year.
“You work out in a few months how far you are going to go with a horse and whether you are sitting on a talent,” Jones said.
“I enjoy the three disciplines, particularly showjumping.”
For the past six years, Jones and her husband Warwick have been two of the club volunteers who have helped built the complex at Morgan Park into one of the top few in Australia. Warwick is currently club vice president.
As well as riding, Jones spends a lot of time coaching and enjoys seeing riders she has instructed do well.