This week we caught up with Shiana Semmler, a talented Year 9 student who has recently been travelling interstate and overseas pursuing her sport of choice – Equestrian Mounted Games.
You may be asking – what is Mounted Games?… Shiana describes it as performing relays on horseback, vaulting on and off the horse. There are different formats of the game, each requiring unique skills and accuracy.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to see this sport in action, this video compiled by The Victorian Mounted Games Association certainly highlights why it’s such an exciting spectator sport. Visit: http://www.australianmga.com/#!promotional-videos/ckau (try the third video)
Shiana feels at home in the saddle, and has always loved riding – perhaps inheriting a love of horses from her proud mum Michelle who has also been a rider since a young age. It’s a sport that requires a lot of dedication and Shiana rides every night after school in preparation for the competitions. Shiana’s training partners include her brother Hugo who at six years of age has started training in the sport, and helps his big sister by holding flags as she skilfully gallops past. Xena is another important training partner, a beautiful horse whose ‘stocky’ build does not undermine the horse’s speed on the grassed arena courses.
It’s been a busy term of competitions for Shiana. Earlier this year Shiana represented Australia in one of the biggest horse shows in the Southern Hemisphere – ‘Horse of the Year’, which featured 1,800 horses, 1,400 riders and 7,000 entries across 14 disciplines in Hawkes Bay New Zealand. And then, several weeks ago Shiana competed in the Individual Nationals in Wentworth Victoria, where she placed second in the Under 15’s competition. This week, Shiana is in Albury Wodonga for the Team Nationals.
What’s next for Shiana? In the future, Shiana dreams of competing for Australia in the World Team Championships. Keep the faith Shiana, we are confident you will strive to achieve your dream!