Promising rider Massie takes on Aussies
Logan Massie has been on horseback ever since he could walk.
This weekend the 18-year-old Dannevirke showjumper captains the New Zealand Young Rider team against Queensland on his doorstep at the National Young Horse Jumping Championships at Dannevirke.
And Massie might have more years in the team because it is an under-21 event.
He is a rider on the up. Just look at the ribbons he has won already - last year it was the New Zealand pony of the year and the junior rider title and this year it was the young rider of the year.
He has one of the more promising horses around - 10-year-old gelding Kiwi Ludo, who carried Massie to his two most recent national ribbons. Kiwi Ludo is part-owned by Massie and Canterbury's Annette Scott, and is not far from mixing with the big mounts around the country.
Massie also has a sharp 7-year-old mare, Double J Cloud Nine, which he hopes will do well at Dannevirke this weekend.
In the trans-Tasman contest, all riders compete on borrowed horses. Massie had to find two good ones without handing over his best to the Queenslanders.
"Our good ones will be in the classes all weekend," he said.
"I rested all my horses up for this weekend; this is the one that matters."
Two months ago he and Hawke's Bay's Luke Dee competed for the NZ Young Rider team in Brisbane.
"It was a good trip, a good experience; but they beat us fair and square."
Massie had spent three months in winter in Ireland riding for the biggest showjumping stable in the country, Kennedy Equestrian in Limerick.
"They have a lot of superstars. I was on the young ones and I learnt heaps."
His mother did a little riding in her day and she took Logan to shows and pony clubs from an early age. "I suppose it was just the thrill of it," he said. "Now I can make money from it and it can take you places."
The hobby part of it now comes on weekends. He spends half his working day on the family sheep and beef farm, spread over 1200 hectares of hill country near Ormondville. The other half is spent working his horses, but not for mustering.
"The horses are too slow. On a bike is so much faster. Most of the horses are not very good at it."
His sport when boarding at Napier Boys' High School was rugby, as far as the third XV, but that eventually had to make way for his equestrian career.
Also in the NZ Young Riders team are: Jake Lambert (Waikato), Luke Dee (Hawke's Bay) and Rosie Commons ( Auckland).