I 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 - with Eventing being my forte. 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.
Tania Harding – Walla Walla, NSW
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.
We have a 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 the 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 that I love!
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 Banshee - a 13.1hh Arabian x Station Mare homebred pony gelding. 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 age 12.
Other occupation or study outside of riding?
Once upon a time I was a school teacher, but now 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.