My name is Eliza Harvey, and along with my mount Sea Student (Fonzy), we are competing at FEI CCI Junior 1* Eventing. I first started riding before I could walk. As with most first ponies, I had a cheeky shetland who taught me how to hang on! From there I progressed up the grades of low level pony club eventing on various ponies, however I always had a love for dressage. This love saw me, despite all odds, purchase my superstar Fonzy who was well known for being a cross country machine but a little difficult on the flat.


Almost three years ago, I started lessons with Glenda Hinchliffe. Glenda has been extremely instrumental in Fonzy and my eventing career, and she has helped to continually shape us to achieve better and better results. We have been able to perform some incredible tests under Glenda's guidance, followed by our jumping, to achieve some exciting results. Since starting lessons at Wyronga Park, I have qualified on 3 National teams, placed on an FEI Victorian team, contributed to State team titles and individually placed, proudly been placed in the EV Top Ten Young Rider for Eventing 2016 and completed my first ever FEI 1* events successfully, placing in my first  3 events at this level. I am forever grateful for all that Glenda continues to teach Fonzy and I, we would never have achieved such results without her help!


My advice for any young aspiring rider, eventing or other, would be to never ever give up and never stop learning. Aim high, work hard, set goals and have fun. We are so lucky to be able to ride these amazing animals, we must enjoy it!

 

Eliza Harvey

Wyronga Park

 

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