I’m really looking forward to “Tangled before ever after” I can’t wait to see more of Eugene and Rapunzel, they’re my favorite couple and Rapunzel is my favorite princess. Eugene is so funny and Rapunzel is so sweet it’s just one big bowl of happiness.
Jenna Barrow is one of South Africa’s emerging young talents, with 12 years in the saddle, this twenty year old is already campaigning on the 2017 World Cup circuit with her superstar Parc Pleasure. She has topped her impressive resumé recently gaining international experience at WEF. She let us know about a few of her favorite things!
1. What is the most exciting thing about South African Horse Sport?
I think the most exciting thing is that the sport keeps growing. The standard of the sport keeps increasing, the quality of horses gets better and better as well as the level of competition. It’s also so encouraging to see how many talented young riders are coming up through the grades!
2. What has been your biggest achievement to date?
That’s a tough one. I definitely have a few that stand out. The first was winning the 1.30m SA adult championships on my then 6 year old horse. It was my first ‘big’ win and I was still a junior rider so that one sticks out. Another one would be winning the final leg of the Hilmar Meyer young rider series. Most recently, and possibly my greatest achievement so far would be jumping double clear and finishing 9th in my first 1.50m Grand Prix with my horse Parc Pleasure.
3. What’s your training pet peeve?
I definitely have a few of these! The excessive use of training aids always irritates me. I have no problem with an experienced hand using them for a valid reason or to work through a certain problem but when they are used every day just because it makes the riders life a bit easier - I can’t say I agree with that.
4. What advice would you give a rider in one sentence?
If you focus on results you will never get better. If you focus on getting better you will get results. (That’s two sentences I know, but it’s one saying? 😏)
5. Where do you see your riding career in 5 years time?
In 5 years I would like to have gained experience jumping the World Cup classes here in South Africa. I would also like to gain more experience overseas, whether it be training, competing or even watching the worlds best riders.
6. Do you remember the first time you fell off?
I do. I was having a lesson in a riding school. My pony spooked at some drag marks in the sand and I went straight over her head!
7. What is the one piece of equipment you couldn’t live without?
That’s a difficult one too! Probably my Samshield helmet - I won’t get on a horse without it!
8. What is your favorite equestrian Instagram?
I’d have to say Noelle Floyd Magazine or Noelle Floyd Style. They capture the most amazing moments in current equestrian sport and the photography is to die for!
9. Who is your role model?
My equestrian role model is definitely Laura Kraut!
10. If you could ride with any trainer in the world, who would it be?
Again I have a few and I can’t pick just one!
Jeroen Dubbeldam. Need I explain? His achievements definitely speak for themselves.
Jos Kumps. I was lucky enough to watch a few of his lessons in the USA and I learnt so much just from listening to him!
And of course Laura Kraut!