My name is Katelyn Prendiville and I am a 23-year-old show jumping rider based in Chittering, Western Australia.
I am a recently converted show jumping rider. Having spent most of my riding life in the ‘eventing world’, I decided last year that I instead wanted to focus on show jumping. This decision was by no means an easy one; I was lucky enough to be the owner of an extremely talented eventer, and we had just made the State Development squad for eventing.
However, I had known for a while that my true passion was for show jumping. I thus made the gut-wrenching decision to sell my superstar eventer and convert my other ‘eventer’ into a show jumper (I use inverted commas as I believe that he, like me, was always supposed to be a show jumper – he just loves it!). Since then, we haven’t looked back.
In 2015, my Irish Sport Horse ‘eventer’ and I competed for just over half a season of pure show jumping. I have also competed him in the first half of 2016, prior to flying to Europe. In this time, some of our show jumping results included:
- 3rd Place 130cm Mini Prix, WA State Show Jumping Championships 2015
- 4th Place 120cm Speed Class, Southside Annual Championships 2015
- 6th Place Gaenor McInnes Memorial class, Patrons Cup (held over three rounds, with the final jump off at 135cm) 2015
- 2nd place 130cm AM7, Southside April 2016
- 3rd place 120cm AM7, Swan River March 2016
- 3rd place 120cm speed class, Yalambi Show Jumping Classic 2016
I have been very impressed by how quickly Leprechaun has adapted to show jumping and progressed up the grades! My focus now is on building my team of show jumpers to take on the WA show jumping circuit over the next few years, as well as some eastern states campaigns. My long-term goals are to one day compete at World Cup level and represent the country in show jumping.
- ESB Irish Leprechaun: a grey 10yo Irish Sport Horse gelding bred specifically for eventing. However, as described above, he appears to enjoy show jumping far more and is showing a lot of talent! I have owned Leprechaun for 5 years, and purchased him as a newly broken 5-year-old. He has competed up to 2 star level in eventing.
- Kentaur Pyro: a bay 3yo Warmblood gelding. A very promising youngster bred in the purple for show jumping (by Pico Bello KWPN, out of a Vivant mare). I purchased him at the beginning of 2016 and am very excited about his future (he showed a lot of talent in the free jumping arena).
- Kentaur Valencia: a 7 year old warmblood mare owned by Lucy Galovicova but ridden and campaigned by myself. This mare is highly talented – whilst she had a slow start to her competition career (she has had 2 foals), she is quickly progressing up through the grades and is definitely one to watch!
This year has felt like it has flown by! As with any year, there have been ups and downs – but overall, I am so stoked with how my horses have performed this year and am even more excited about my young horses coming through.
Not only was this my first full season as a pure show jumper, but it has also been a year of significant change. I was fortunate enough to purchase a talented 3yo Pico Bello x Vivant gelding at the start of the year, and have been slowly bring him on and establishing the basics throughout 2016 so that he is ready to start competing in 2017. I also purchased a yearling gelding by Concorde Ego Z, who, having just turned two, will be started next year. I am also very excited about this one!
On the not so happy front, I came to the hard decision to sell my main show jumper, ESB Irish Leprechaun. Leppy has been with me for 5 years and competed at high levels of both eventing and show jumping, and I felt the time was right for him to teach another young rider the ropes. Luckily, I gained the ride on a talented Vivant mare, so I have a ‘going’ horse to move on with in the meantime.
The Vivant mare, or ‘Rosie’ as we call her (or Jaws depending on the occasion!!), has decided to leave behind the broodmare life and become a performance horse. 2016 was her first year of competition, and yet she managed to achieve some fantastic results, including:
- 2nd in the Swan River Novice Championships
- 3rd in the 110cm at Dryandra Show Jumping Championships
- 2nd in the Amateur 115cm class at Taminga Show Jumping in September
Plus many many more! This mare definitely has talent; not many horses can go from 70cm to 120cm in their first season! I was also happy with how Leprechaun performed this year, with some of his highlights including:
- 1st in the Top Score class at the Perth Royal Show
- 2nd in the Silver Series class at Dryandra Show Jumping Championships
- 1st in the 115cm Open class at WASJA
- 2nd in the 130cm class at Southside April show
So overall, it’s been a great year. I would just like to say thank you to Equine Pure for the support, my horses love your treats and it’s great being able to reward them with something that is simultaneously healthy, tasty and natural!