Rider aims for Olympics

2008-01-16 00:00

One of the youngest and highest ranked horse riders in South Africa, Pietermaritzburg teenager Vicky Scott (19), has her sights set on competing in the Olympic Games, scheduled to be held in Beijing this year.

In an interview with The Witness yesterday at her home, Scott said that it is difficult to qualify for international horse riding events because they are based on star ratings that make it virtually impossible to compete in South Africa.

Although Scott is currently the most qualified rider in the Group F category, which covers all African countries including the Middle East and Pakistan, she still has to get four more qualifying results, which cannot be attained in South Africa.

Scott and her South African horse Current Flame, which she has had since 2002, are to base themselves in the UK and will compete in countries such as France and Portugal.

Scott’s dad, Colin, said she will be based in David Green’s yard in the UK, which is also the Olympic base for the 2008 U.S. eventing team.

She will receive expert tuition from Green, a two-time Olympic Gold medallist and will endeavour to be the first ever South African woman to appear at the Olympics, her father said.

Scott started riding from the age of five and holds both the South African Children’s Eventing Champion and Junior Eventing Champion titles.

To assist Scott in reaching her dream, sponsorships for costs leading up to the Olympics are required.

For more information contact Vicky on 082 515 7738 or Colin Scott on 082 894 7712.

nerissag@witness.co.za

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