She says she was born into a very ‘non-horsey’ family, but for as long as she can remember, Emma Mathieson has taken every opportunity to be near horses.
At 16, she’s now been selected to represent New Zealand as part of the Kiwi team competing at the Mounted Games World Champs in Belgium next month.
Mounted games is a branch of equestrian sport in which very fast games are played by people of all ages on ponies up to a height of 152cms.
It was around 6 years ago Emma was first introduced to the sport.
“For my 10th birthday, my parents sent me to Sunshine Ranch in Ardmore for a horse camp. I loved it so much that I saved up all my pocket money so I could go every term.”
“They took me under their wing and with their support and loan of an amazing pony I won my first national title in 2015 – the New Zealand Under-12 individual title.
Her arrival on the national scene soon saw her winning other accolades including the New Zealand Under-14 individual title in 2017 and being a member of a team which won the New Zealand Under-17 Teams title.
“That year I was honoured to be selected to represent New Zealand as part of the open age team for the first time in Kentucky, USA for the 5 Nations cup – we came home with the bronze medal.”
After months of training, her sights are now firmly fixed on winning in Belgium.
With each competitor having to pay their own way, Emma has around half of the $6,000 she needs and has started an iSport funding campaign to secure the rest.
If you would like to donate and support Emma, click on the the iSport Emma Mathieson Equestrian Mounted Games page.
Let’s help Emma bring back gold from Belgium!