Sisters saddle up, ride to success
Equestrian expertise is a family trait for Georgina and Emelia Forsyth.
So it's no surprise the sisters have started claiming titles in Auckland and national competitions.
The girls are the daughters of former professional polo player Cody Forsyth who spent nearly three decades at top level and played alongside Prince Charles.
Georgina, 16, has just won Best Senior Auckland Rider at the New Zealand Pony Club Association Dressage Championships.
Emelia, 14, won Top Junior Auckland Rider during the same national event held in Taupo.
Georgina was also named the top New Zealand secondary schools rider and was second overall in the dressage champs, competing against people up to 21 years old.
The Whitford Pony Club members compete in various equestrian disciplines including dressage, eventing and showjumping and credit their parents for much of the success.
"My dad was a professional polo player and my mum has always evented, so it was kind of inevitable that we would ride," Georgina says.
However success does not come easily in equestrian.
Hours of time are needed preparing, exercising and training the horses for competitions.
"As with all sports it takes a lot of effort to achieve good results but it helps that our parents are horsey and can help us get better and keep improving," Georgina says.
Emelia's hard work paid off in her first season of show jumping where she competed on her pony Soleado.
"I did pony grand prixs for the first time this season, placing in quite a few," she says.
The equestrian season has now wrapped up but it won't be long before the sisters are back on their horses preparing for their first show later in the year.
A cousin, Devon Prangley, also rides for Whitford and won the A1 class of the New Zealand Pony Club Association Championship in April.