Jumper fundraising to compete

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Cheryl Fowler holds a photo of her daughter, equestrian rider Brittany Fowler.

Up-and-coming equestrian rider Brittany Fowler, 20, has been selected to represent New Zealand in an international three day equestrian event in Melbourne next month, but to get there she needs some help from her home town.

Brittany’s mum Cheryl Fowler said her daughter has been selected to compete in the Oceania Young Rider Trans-Tasman Team eventing competition.

Eventing includes three equestrian disciplines, dressage, showjumping and cross country.

“She’s doing very well in the eventing world and is the only South Islander in the team,” Cheryl said.

Brittany has been based near Cambridge in the North Island for the past two and a half years.

“Cambridge is where they do all the events and coaching, she’s got top coaching and is taught by Vaughn Jefferis who is an ex Olympian,” Cheryl said.

Representing New Zealand at the Olympics is the pinnacle Brittany would like to reach.

“She would love to be in the Brisbane Olympics but who knows, at this point she is doing three star eventing, her goal by the end of this year is to do four star.”

To compete in Melbourne next month Brittany needs to raise another $20,000 she has already managed to save $5000 working two jobs.

Equestrian rider Brittany Fowler in action.

There are two fundraisers planned for Brittany, a quiz night and movie night.

The quiz night is on Friday May 20, at the Hotel Ashburton then on Thursday May 26 head along to the Regent Cinema to watch Tom Cruise in Top Gun – Maverick, both events are $20 per person.

There will also be an auction held either during the quiz night or online, with plenty of items and packages up for grabs including a scenic flight for two, an original Colin Redman painting, and ten tonne of horse feed.

To register for the events email cheryl.fowler@nullraywhite.com

-Daniel Tobin