Jamie Priestley is a talented 20-year-old Young Rider from New South Wales. Originally from a hacking background, Jamie started show jumping seven years ago with great success.
“I’ve been riding my whole life but my passion is show jumping,” Jamie says.
Jamie has five horses at various levels – KS Optimus, a 16hh 13-year-old Warmblood gelding she’s been competing with for six years; Courage, a16.2hh nine-year-old Warmblood gelding she imported from Holland four years ago; Amaretto MVNZ a 17hh four-year-old Warmblood gelding; Oaks Diamantina a 16hh six-year-old Warmblood mare Jamie started herself and has competed on for the past two-and-a-half years, and last but by no means least, her four-year-old 16hh Warmblood stallion, TP Kitara Lanson who has only ever been ridden by Jamie.
Jamie has had some massive successes over the last few years, including first and third in the Australian Young Rider Grand Prix 2017 and first in the Mini Prix Final at NSW State Showjumping Champs 2017. She’s also won the Sydney Royal Young Rider Grand Prix twice – in 2016 and 2018.
She puts in many hours of training for her success. “I train every day and I’ve found that everything counts – even the small things,” she says. “Having a bond with each horse is a must so they will trust me and want to give their best. In the next year I hope to compete in my first World Cup. Another goal is to compete overseas – I want to go as far as I can, and I would love to give a huge shout out to my amazing, supportive parents. My success wouldn’t be possible without them and we do everything together as a family.”We wish Jamie and her team of fantastic horses every success!
By Dannii Cunnane
Taken from September 2018 issue of HorseVibes