Just another Amateur Horse Rider
My name is Fiona De La Mezzo. I am 34 years old and in between being a mum and working full time. I also ride and compete in show jumping.
When I thought of starting this blog, my immediate thoughts were pretty self-deprecating. “I’m not special”. “Who cares what I have to say”. “There are so many people who could do this better than me”. But you know what? I decided that because of my self-doubt, I’d give this a crack.
I won’t be representing the hard working professional riders who make everything seem effortless. Again, I also won’t be representing the cashed up glamorous riders who step out from their massive horse trucks looking ready to hit the catwalk.
No, in this blog I intend to represent mediocrity. I will talk from the perspective of a mum who was doing a course walk holding her baby when the baby had a massive Diarrhoea explosion. (And whilst I had a spare of everything for my daughter, I did not think to pack a spare riding shirt or breeches for myself).
I’ll talk from the perspective of someone who rocks up to their “normal” non-horsey job and no matter how hard they try, still manage to bring something from the stable along (mud, chaff, horse hair). Then i’ll talk from the perspective of someone who’s life is not designed for equestrian success, but choose to persevere anyway. (not because they expect to reach greatness but because they cannot imagine life without horses).
Going back to where it all started. I began riding at 10 years old at the local riding school Forest Park. I am pretty sure my non-horsey parents thought this would be a phase. The joke was definitely on them! I am not sure exactly when I knew that this was “my” thing, but safe to say I became horse obsessed quickly.
After begging for my own horse for 4 years, my parents finally relented and bought me a $600 horse called Sweetie. I went on to attend pony club, dressage and show jumping comps, but it was the show jumping that stuck.
Flash forward to today, I currently own an 8yr old WB mare called Narnia. She is small at 15.1hh, but as someone who is 5 foot nothing I cannot hold this against her. I bought her cheap as a 4 year old who used to toss her head constantly. She was hot and extremely sensitive. However, with lots of time, patience, and a few unfortunate face plants I am relieved to say we have a good partnership and these traits are behind us.
We are hoping to start competing her in Amateur classes (which are about 1.20m) later this month. And i’ll be trying to not make an ass out of myself!
Until next time!