Tayla Mason is our youngest sponsored rider. She has been competing at high level eventing for a number of years and has recently returned from a trip to the UK to help out with the NZ eventing team, prior to the Rio Olympics.
Here's what Tayla has to say about Hinterland;
Hinterland products are truly outstanding! I have never ridden in gear with such quality. They gear is strong and durable which is essential for eventing. I love all the gear from the Hinterland range but especially the Tui bridle. The horses look great and respond well to the detail and softness of the leather.
More about Tayla;
I am a 22 year old from Waikanae and recently completed a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Psychology at Massey University.
During the 3 years at university, I was very fortunate to receive support for my studies on a Prime Minister's scholarship from High Performance NZ and received benefits from Massey Sport Academy. During the 2nd year at Uni l was runner up for Sports women of the year and received Blues awards for the other 2 years.
I been a member of the NZ Talent Development Squad for 2 years , receiving many skills to name a few; working in a high performing team , strategic planning, and how to win skills, I have learnt so much through the programme.
My career highlight so far, is being captain of the winning Oceania YR Team that competed against Australia at Taupo in May. Lucy with Diamonds also placed 7th in the 2*.
I began riding at the age of 6 years , following my mother around on my white pony Bluebell, followed by a pony called Walter who taught me how to stay on bucks . I started at Pauatahanui Pony Club on my pony Moonshine Evita , a hot little pocket rocket who started Monica Oakley and Savannah Sterling. I then joined the Waikanae Pony Club followed by Nga Tawa Pony Club where I went to school
It was about this time when I watched Catriona McLeod , now Williams represent NZ in both showjumping and eventing, I thought that's what I want to do and while my goals have transitioned towards eventing I truly enjoy competing with the top showjumpers of NZ.
My Grand Prix pony was perfect for both Eventing and Showjumping and I managed to complete my first 3 day event on him at 1*.. It was on Limericks Black Samba who earned me my first NZFern, and runner up in the International Children's FEI championship.
My mother introduced me to hacks early at 12 years, I am pretty sure Mum was convinced that I needed to do this early for a smooth transition, and while it was hard to stay on while jumping ,I had a cool horse Golly who taught me heaps.
I was very fortunate to purchase Just Joop from Juliet Wood, she was the perfect schoolmaster and we went on to win a number of national titles.
Recently retired is Lucy with Diamonds, national 3 day and 1 day Young rider, Royalty, 2nd National 3 day 1* , 4th National 1 day and 4th National 3 day Young rider , and Sonidor 6 year old horse of the year and National young rider series winner.
My current team are;
Silverstar , Sonidor's half brother, who is cheeky also, with an amazing amount of power and technique, he achieved in the 2nd National 4yo , 2nd 5yo Horse of the year, 4th 6yo Horse of the Year, and 4th Pro am Horse of the Year.
The Innkeeper, a show jumper purchased from Trudy Mitchell who is transitioning to Eventing and has just completed his first 1*.
Pixie Caramel, the last of His Royal Highness progeny, who also has just completed her first 1*.
Waimanu Highlights, who was runner up in the recent One day champs at Arran Station, he too has completed his first 1*.
Centennial, our home bred by Eurosport Centavos , and out of Mums Silent Hunter mare, recently he placed 2nd in the CNC 95cm at his 3rd ever event.