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Equestrian showjumper looking to tackle new heights

Thursday 9 December in Sport

NAME

Sinead Cox

AGE

19

SPORT

Equestrian

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE SPORT?

Through my family - my parents rode horses before they had children and got me and my three older siblings into riding. They all rode until they were about 20, then stopped because of university

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR SPORT?

The people, you always meet loads of people as there are so many in each competition. In a Class I competed against 250 people, that was only in one ring.

THE MOST CHALLENGING THING YOU FIND IS…

My partner is a 500kg animal that can’t speak to me. It can be hard to communicate, especially when you want to know what’s wrong and they can’t tell you.

YOUR PROUDEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT…

Winning at my first senior international this year.

YOUR BIGGEST SPORTING INFLUENCE IS…

Scott Brash as he is a very confident and nice rider.

YOUR EARLIEST SPORTING MEMORY…

Riding my pony Buttons when I was eight-years-old in a National Working Hunter Qualifier that was open to all ages riding a 122cm pony. I remember this so clearly because there was a hut in the middle of the ring that she wouldn’t go up to. Even though she wouldn’t do this, I still won the class.

YOUR TEAMMATES/COACHES WOULD DESCRIBE YOU AS…

Someone who is determined and wants to please.

IN 5 YEARS TIME WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF?

I would like to see myself as a professional rider jumping up to 1.40M nationally and hoping to start a small riding business within the riding world.

WHAT IS YOUR MAIN SPORTING GOAL?

My main goal is to try and jump clear in the first round of the 1.30M final at the show jumping National Championships next year (2022).

DO YOU HAVE A SECRET PARTY TRICK?

I learnt how to juggle through the sports academy.

ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR ASPIRING ATHLETES?

Be more confident in your own ability.

SUM UP YOUR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS

Tiring, fun and adventurous.

DO YOU HAVE A MOTIVATIONAL SONG?

Can’t hold us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

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