My name is Sarah Wilkinson, I am a 26 year old New Zealand Dressage rider and grew up in North Auckland, Kaukapakapa. As a young rider in New Zealand I won multiple Young Rider titles throughout NZ, North Island Championships, Regional Championships and won two FEI Children’s World Challenges.
After completing my university degree, I was eager to move to Europe to further my training and fulfil my ambition of becoming a professional dressage rider and at the beginning of 2016 an opportunity came about for me to move to Germany to ride and train full time in a Dressage stable with Australian Ben Conn.
Recently in 2018, I represented New Zealand with my Jazz x Sandro Hit 6yo mare, Hello D’Ottie at the World Young Horse Championships, coming 20th in the Small Final. We also finished 8th in the final of the Pavo Cup with 79% as well as 2nd best mare for 6yos. I have been riding my mare for the last two years and have my heart set on many future goals with her. I hope to qualify again for The World Young Horse Championships in 2019 and ultimately work towards the Olympic Games in 2024. I believe with hard work and dedication we can achieve this, and currently we are on track with our training to reach these goals!
2019 is going to be an exciting year, as I move into a new role beginning of January, riding and training under Ellen Schulten-Baumer and Tom Berg. With a team of horses there as well as my own mare I’m looking forward for whats to come over the next year.
I’m very proud to have received support from such a forward thinking and New Zealand company in VetPro. I regularly used there products while I was based in NZ as they are always searching for improvements and broadening there range in supplements. Their products will go a long way in helping me prepare my horse in the best possible way and I’m very grateful for there generous support!!