My name is Jamie Hocking. I am the standing Australian National Champion and hold a 17th place world ranking as of 2020. I am 24 yrs old and grew up on a farm at Woolsheds in South Australia. I spend as much time as I can in Denmark, training under the direction of Lasse Kristensen, one of the best horsemen and vaulting coaches in the world. My horse is a big Danish mare called French Kiss.
Lasse helped me be the first Australian to compete in a World Cup Series in Europe 2018. I was rapt just to be there and despite our inexperience, French and I achieved a fairytale result - 3rd in Paris, 4th in Germany, and an 8th place World Cup ranking in our very first season.
In September 2018, thanks to fantastic support from generous family, friends, even fellow athletes and kind strangers I raised just over 10 thousand dollars to help fly French and I to the USA for the World Equestrian Games. This was another Aussie vaulting first - me and French flying to another continent with over 500 European horses from all disciplines - an unforgettable adventure and thrill for French and I to fly to North America to represent Australia at the highest level of international competition.
In 2018 I was invited to represent my sport and country as a youth ambassador and panellist at the FEI Global Sports Forum in Switzerland. This experiences and media exposure during the forum and the friendships I made with each young jumping, reining, dressage, para-dressage, endurance, eventing and driving rep was life changing for me - a huge honour.
In 2019 I had a chance to put a bit back in, appointed as Chef d’equipe/team manager to the talented Aussie Junior squad when they competed at the World Championships in the Netherlands.
This year I was looking forward to representing Australia at the 2020 World Championships in August but COVID has pretty much eliminated all international competitions including Worlds. It’s been a tough and disappointing year for many athletes but I’ve tried to see it as an opportunity to consolidate our training regimes. I was lucky to be in Denmark, with French, when travel between Australia and Europe shut down. I don’t think I can make it back to Oz anytime soon but that’s ok. French Kiss, Lasse and I are working hard around European quarantine limitations, and still aiming to do Australia proud at the rescheduled World Vaulting Championships in Sweden, 2021.
Please wish us luck and thanks again for all you’ve done in support of me and French Kiss,
There is no state or national funding available to Australian vaulters or their horses – any contributions are very gratefully accepted and are used wisely. In return, I would like to recognise supporters publicly. Please contact me to discuss ideas. Thank you again to the Sports Foundation for facilitating tax-deductible donations.
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