Borenore’s Sophia Redenbach has had a crazy month.
Since the start of October, she and her horse, Jermyn Street, have competed at the prestigious Show Horse Council of Australia NSW Horse of the Year competition held at the Hawkesbury Showground, where they were awarded the coveted title of NSW Champion Large Show Hunter Horse of the Year.
During the following week the 17-year-old Redenbach received a letter from the governing body of Dressage in NSW to advise that, based on her performances with Jermyn Street, the combination has been selected onto the Dressage NSW Young Rider’s Squad for 2018/19.
The Squad comprises of the most consistent, high performing combinations at major events throughout NSW.
On top of that, this weekend just gone, Redenbach competed in the NSW Regional Dressage Championships run by Alexander Park Dressage Club at Salt Ash were on this past weekend.
Redenbach and Jermyn Street competed for the Official Elementary title, they won both their tests by huge margins resulting in being awarded Official Elementary Champions.
It’s been going, going with no time to stop.Sophia Redenbach
“It’s been going, going with no time to stop which is good, but it’s also tiring,” she said.
She’s well and truly spread her wings beyond Borenore, with Redenbach moving to Maitland in the Hunter Valley to train and ride full-time, with the aim to spend a year competing and training in Germany.
“They’re a lot more knowledgeable about it over there,” she said.
“My parents come up every weekend or second weekend which is good, I haven’t missed them too much yet, plus I’ve got my horses.”
She has two of them with her, with Jermyn Street joined in Maitland by Barney, who she’s been riding for three years.
She won’t be slowing down her riding any time soon, either, with Redenbach travelling to represent NSW at the Australasian Show Horse Championships at the end of November.
All the achievements received in the last seven days don’t overshadow Sophia’s year, with other major highlights including taking out the Champion Childs Large Show Hunter Hack on Daydream Believer at the 2018 Southern Cross Show Horse Spectacular in March.
She also won Novice Lady Rider 17-21 years at the 2018 Sydney Royal Show, and competed in her first international event on the South Coast in February, and then again in May, and gained a win and placings with both Jermyn Street and Daydream Believer at the NSW Young Rider Dressage Championships.
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