Tania Harding – Walla Walla, NSWI am based on the border of NSW/Vic and am lucky to compete a team of homebred horses in a range of different disciplines of Eventing, Dressage and Showjumping up to National and FEI Level. The stud (Jirrima PH) has had numerous FEI horses competing from QLD through to VIC and even WA. 3/4*** horses include Jirrima Royal Command, Jirrima Variety Show, Jet Set Diva, Jirrima Anchorman, Jirrima Cricket, Jirrima Yorkshire and Jirrima Yabba Dabba Doo.
My current horses are Jirrima Yorkshire (4*) who runs the show, Jirrima EasyJet(2*) spends most of the time looking at himself in the mirror, Jirrima Fox Z EV95 has no regard for flatwork and dressage but loves to jump and Jirrima Cougar Ev80 totally driven by food.
There is the Junior team which consists of young home-bred horses who are learning their skills at HRCAV events, dressage and SJ days before hopefully beginning FEI careers.
I have been an ambassador for Black Horse Clothing for many years and their products and range continues to get better and better!
My Favourite Black Horse Clothing Item... There is no way I can narrow down to one favourite! For breeches it is Song Breeches in Spring & Autumn. Bamboo fabric in the jean style is super comfy and easy care. The Camille Fleece Breeches in winter, can’t beat the fleece lining and water-resistant outer layer. Everyday Tights for summer, the leg pockets are super. Bridget Meryl Breeches for dressage riding and coaching. The pocket detail looks super smart. Then there are all the long-sleeved tops. As someone prone to skin cancers, it is long sleeves all day, every day!! BHC have cool stylish tops, the Harlow is my favourite at the moment.
The first time I ever rode a horse was when…
I was very young - I can't remember a time I wasn't riding. My first pony was called Banshee. A 13.1hh homebred pony gelding - Arabian x Station Mare. He and I were both 4 year olds when we got together. He was a special horse and taught many juniors the ropes of riding when I outgrew him at 12.
Other occupation or study outside of riding?
In a past life, I was a school teacher but would like to do more study in regenerative pasture and photography in the future.
If I never became a horse rider, I would probably…
Have a lot more disposable $$. I think I would have been involved with the horse industry regardless but at a minimum my world would revolve around the land and animals. My relaxation is to photograph both.
The biggest achievement of my career so far is…
Breeding, training and competing Jirrima Yorkshire to 5* Level in eventing. There have been many achievements big and some that would seem insignificant to others. However, 5* seemed like another planet when I was doing EV80cm so to make it there was unbelievable.
A fun fact about me is that…
I am ambidextrous and hate sultanas.
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