My name is Jamie Hocking. I am a 21 year old farmhand from Woolsheds in South Australia and have been selected to represent Australia at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, September 11th – 23rd.
I am seeking support to fly my beautiful horse and vaulting partner, French Kiss, to the USA to compete with me. She is a big mare and her place on a transport flight with other WEG horses will cost 10 times that of my own airfare - I won’t even mention her carry-on bag and excess luggage.
I support myself with coaching, farm work and the sheep business I started when I was 9 years old. I currently spend as much time as I can in Denmark, as a working student training under Lasse Kristensen, one of the best horsemen and coaches in the world. Lasse has coached other vaulters to top levels, including American superstar Megan Benjamin. I aspire to become another one of Lasse’s success stories.
Lasse was instrumental in helping me become the first Australian to compete in a World Cup Series in Europe recently. I was rapt just to be there, but French Kiss and I achieved a fairytale result coming 3rd in Paris, 4th in Germany, and ranking 8th in the world overall in our very first season – it was amazing. We hope to do Australia proud again at WEG this September.
There will be more than 500,000 spectators expected to attend over 10 days of WEG equestrian competition. The equestrian vaulting competition rivalry will be fierce amongst the nations. The theory has it equestrian vaulting originated in Roman times and was used to upskill warriors. Even minus weapons, it is a thrill to use strength and balance to vault up onto cantering horses in a performance designed to captivate the audience.
There is no state or national funding available to Australian vaulters or their horses – any contributions will be very gratefully accepted and used wisely. In return, I can offer publicity and recognition opportunities. Please contact me anytime by email.
Thank you to the Sports Foundation for facilitating tax-deductible donations.
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