- 30 October 2014
Year 4 student Jayden Donald dreams big. And well he should; the 9-year old has already represented Queensland twice in the last three years; and regularly competed against others several years older than himself.
Jayden is a gifted horseback rider; since starting in the sport just four years ago, he has won hundreds of ribbons, trophies and medals, and represented his school, St. Paul’s Lutheran Primary at Caboolture, in an equal number of carnivals.
Inspired by his cousin Emily, who travelled to United Kingdom in 2012 to compete for Australia, Jayden hopes to do likewise in just a few short years. Earlier this month, Jayden competed in the Australian Interschool Championships, held at the National Equestirian Centre, in Werribee, Victoria. He placed third overall; it was his second time competing there. “I was really happy with Nationals,” Jayden said. “I said to myself, ‘If I get in the top ten, that’s good.”
Last Saturday, Jayden also competed in the Stuartholme Interschool Dressage and Show Horse event. He took out overall Primary Preliminary Dressage champion, and won the Show Hunter Championships on his horse Montazza Bonfire Brandy. “The best thing about riding is how much fun it is, and making new friends,” he added. Jayden will definitely be well worth watching over the coming years.