Smyth on standby to represent Australia
ROCKHAMPTON showjumper Nelson Smyth is on standby to represent Australia at the International Jumping Competition for Young Riders in Bangkok this month.
National jumping selectors recently advised Smyth, who is a member of the National Elite Showjumping team to be on standby for the competition held from February 21-24 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Australian riders will represent the nation in the teams show jumping event, and then ride as individuals in separate showjumping classes, both to be on borrowed horses.
Selectors said Smyth would be required if the status of the current three team members changed, and he would be required to travel overseas immediately.
Smyth said the riders selected for the team were of an excellent standard and he expected them to do well at an international level.
While the 2013 national elite young showjumping rider team had not been announced yet, Smyth had improved his national ranking since being selected in 2011 to now be eighth individually while his horse Classic Mischief finished ranked 11th at the end of last year.
"The international competitions are essential lead ups to the Youth Olympic Games which will be held in Nanjing China in 2014," Smyth said.
The youth games are a successor to the discontinued World Youth Games and are an international multi-sport event, that were first held in Singapore in 2010. The games are held every four years.
Nelson and his sister Liberty keep a comparatively small team of six showjumpers at their home Laurel Glen Equine Centre at Alton Downs and are always interested in trying racehorses off the track in the search for that next good one to take them to a world cup.