Young Thompson wins Venice meet
Fourteen-year-old Amber Thompson recently returned from 10 days of riding and keen competition in Venice, Florida where she won her first competition in the USA on the borrowed grey gelding, “Snowman”, owned by international rider and jumping coach, Debi Connor.
Under the coaching of Connor, Thompson rode in several classes on “Snowman”, all of which were at the height of 1.0 metres, and where children and adults rode together.
The classes were mainly power and speed classes, where the riders first had to get a clear round in the power level of the class before they were allowed to move on to the speed level, where only seconds determined the riders’ rank.
Thompson always made it to the power level but was outdone by faster horse and rider combinations in the speed level. She received eighth, ninth and 10th place ribbons besides her blue first place ribbon in classes that had 20 to 35 competitors, most of whom were riding their own horses on whom they had competed all season.
Connor said that she was extremely proud of Amber’s performance in Venice. These successes follow her recent win of the local leg of the Federation Equestre Internationale’s (FEI) World Jumping Challenge in her first effort at that competition.
The FEI WJC is an adult competition, open to riders 15 years old and over. Thompson will be 15 years old in November this year, and rode her own diminutive thoroughbred, “Mr. Wings”, who was found on the roadside and rescued by the TTSPCA.
Thompson’s local jumping coach, Patrice Stollmeyer, had this to say of the young rider: “Amber is a talented, dedicated and competitive young rider whose future is very bright. The experience that she gains competing in large horse shows in Florida will give her wonderful exposure and confidence.”