Kim?s riding on a high at Nana Glen
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
LIKE so many riders who will be competing at this weekend's Horseland Coffs Harbour International One Day Event, Coramba's Kim Duver can't remember a time when she wasn't riding ponies or horses.
"I've always been riding, I don't know how old I was when I started," the 16 year-old said.
"Mum has always rode horses and so did her mum rode and so on down the line." Duver is currently boarding as part of a scholarship to New England Girls School in Armidale but every weekend lately she's been on the road travelling to an event where she's starting to make a name for herself.
When she won the grand prize for showjumping at the Bellingen Show, Duver qualified to ride at the Royal Easter Show which she admitted was a thrill and a daunting task all at the same time.
"There were big crowds, it was really good experience to ride in a big outdoor arena," she said.
"I was really nervous but I'm glad I went in it.
"Last weekend I qualified for next year's event and I'll know what to expect as far as the atmosphere and all the rest goes. I won't be as nervous next time."
Coached by Erica Henderson and the Baston family, Duver will be riding three horses this weekend at the Nana Glen Sportsground.
Malmark is going to be ridden for the dressage section while the Baston owned Royal Blend of Boambee and Boambee Coolabah will see the young rider competing properly.
"Boambee Coolabah has just got out of the paddock but he's been a good little dressage pony for me but Royal Blend has been going really well."
As well as competing herself, Duver loves coming back to Nana Glen each year for the annual event for other reasons.
"It's good to watch all the Olympic riders that are there," she explained.
"This event is a big thing around our area. I like to come home for all the events around the area."