Lydia and Ruby Carey with their horses are ready to take on the challenge of Northland eventing

Young rider makes team

by Jill Dickie

Dargaville resident and horse rider, 13-year-old Lydia Carey, has been selected to compete with the Northland Pony Club eventing team and her mother couldn’t be more proud of the achievement.

Jae Carey, Lydia’s mother, said her daughter absolutely works her socks off and deserves this opportunity. “There hasn’t been a Dargaville person in the team since Candy Whiter more than 15 years ago.”

Lydia started riding her horse, TC Texas Tea, around four years ago and showed him at local A&P shows, also competing in hunter jumping. Since Tex seemed to do well the pair included showjumping in their repertoire for the two following seasons.

They also won champion pony hunter at recent A&P shows locally, after winning each hunter class entered.

“It was fun to give it a go after showjumping, and Tex loves it too,” said Lydia.

Lydia’s older sister, Ruby, also excels in the competitive horse world and on her mount TC Pianoman, or Bro for short, show jumps at Grand Prix level. Ruby helps other people with their horses and starts them under saddle.

“I’m really proud of both girls; they work really hard.

“This opportunity is extra special though because the girls have done all the work,” said Jae.

Lydia says she has a lot of training to focus on with help from Jae and Ruby, before the eventing competition on April 19 in Auckland.